Welcome to CMRD web space

We are committed to providing research evidence towards improving policies that affect the lives and livelihoods of internal and international migrants within the specific context of poverty and economic development of Sri Lanka.

In addition to innovative research we aspire to impact policy areas through capacity building and other policy engagement activities.

Why Sri Lanka?

The ancient, colonial, as well as recent history of Sri Lanka’s development is closely linked with migration. It is also a forced migration hot-spot where the thirty year civil war, the 2004 tsunami, and mega development initiatives have forced its people to move. The recent decade has also seen large migratory movements in pursuit of employment both within and outside the country.

The CMRD aspires to be at the center of the academic discourse about these voluntary and involuntary issues and their findings to Sri Lanka and the world.