Dual citizenship was awarded to 1500 Sri Lankans living abroad. These dual citizenships were given under the patronage of Minister S.B. Nawinna.
The programme was launched by the Department of Immigration and Emigration in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs.
Participating in the awarding of dual citizenships, Minister S.B. Nawinna said that this scheme was halted by the previous Government. However, he mentioned that it was possible to revive the programme of granting dual citizenship of Sri Lankans living abroad under the present regime.