Sri Lanka has yet to ratify the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, with UNHCR processing asylum claims in accordance with the agreement with the government. Asylum-seekers and refugees are not given particular status by the Government of Sri Lanka and their presence in the country is tolerated until solutions are found.

Our work in Sri Lanka focuses on working with key government stakeholders, service providers and other concerned entities to improve protection and solutions for refugees. We are working with host and refugee communities to better protect everyone affected by forced displacement, advocate for refugees’ access to rights including education, and increase understanding of refugee protection.

In 2018, we will provide all refugee and asylum-seeker households with protection counselling and advice, extend basic assistance to refugees and enrol primary school-aged refugee children in primary education. 

For information about our work in Sri Lanka:

  • Visit our country website - Sri Lanka (English)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
  • For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Sri Lanka, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

For information about our operation in Sri Lanka, please contact us through our Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.