The number of people who have migrated from Sri Lanka s five warn-torn districts to Colombo and its suburbs, which constitute the Western Province, since 2003 stands at 37,037, said the police on Monday.
A survey was conducted in 135 police stations on Sunday following a government directive making it mandatory for all citizens from the northern districts and living in and around Colombo to reregister.
The survey revealed that 37,037 individuals had come to the Western Province from the north during the past five years. Of them, 2,242 were new entries.
In all, 10,820 families were registered. The controversial move was expected to affect an estimated 1,00,000 people.