(Department of Demography, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)
< Title >
Overview of Population in Sri Lanka
< Abstract >
This session of APA’s Lecture Series presents an overview of Sri Lanka’s population and its demographic dynamics, focusing on demographic transition, increase in longevity, and trends and patterns of internal and international migration that have experienced by the country over the last five decades. The consequences of changing demographics are also discussed in relation to low fertility, rise in mortality, feminization of ageing, labor force participation, living arrangement, migration intentions and other demographic characteristics. In addition, with the demographic shift, emerging population issues, socio-economic challenges, policy gaps and implications are explored by comparing pre- and post-Covid 19 periods.
< About the speaker >
E. L. Sunethra J. Perera is the Professor (Chair) of Demography at the Department of Demography, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her research focuses on population ageing, international migration, internal migration and urbanization, population health, gender and fertility dynamics in Sri Lanka. Her collaborative research work with the Asian region has been published in international volumes as book chapters, journal articles, and reports. She received the Senate Award for research excellence in 2017 from the University of Colombo. Her contribution on population census data analysis to the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) and UNFPA on thematic areas such as ‘internal and international migration’ and ‘ageing population of Sri Lanka’ is noteworthy. She serves as the President of the Population Association of Sri Lanka (PASL). She obtained her PhD in Demography from Mahidol University, Thailand, and her Masters in Economics and BA from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.