Web posted at: 4/6/2009 2:21:10The Sri Lankan embassy has urged its citizen holding the passports, with their children’s photographs pasted on “N” series, to immediately apply for new passports. The Controller of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo has informed that such passports will be cancelled when they return to Sri Lanka. The Embassy requested Sri Lankan nationals holding the “N” series passports to apply for new one for the children along with relevant documents well in advance of their anticipated travel to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan expatriate workers can now bring home the vehicle they used Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka government has now granted permission to the Sri Lankans who return from work in abroad to bring their used car to the homeland. Accordingly the expatriate workers will be allowed to import five years old cars if they have been used by them for a year's time. If the vehicle to be imported is five to ten years old, it should be one used by them for three years. However the vehicles need to be registered in the expatriate worker's name to be allowed for importation.Asia’s migrant workers the first to lose jobs as factories close down As many as 400,000 Indonesians — about a 10th of those working in plantations, manufacturing and as domestic helpers in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East — may be sent home this year as companies such as Intel Corp and Western Digital Corp cut production. The exodus could slash annual remittances to Indonesia by as much as US$3 billion (RM10.6 billion), according to Fauzi Ichsan, an economist at Standard Chartered Plc.Malaysia's Cabinet decided this week to freeze recruitment of foreign workers in manufacturing and services industries and offer the jobs to locals instead."When companies cut jobs, foreign workers will go first," Mohamed Ariff Kareem, executive director of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research.Malaysia employs about two million legal workers from countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar and India, or about a fifth of the total workforce, government data shows. Most perform low-skilled jobs such as domestic service, shunned by locals. There are probably more than half a million illegal, or undocumented, foreign workers, according to the Immigration Department.Migrant workers across the region are suffering the same fate. About 300,000 jobs may be lost in Singapore by 2010, two-thirds of which are held by foreigners and permanent residents, according to a January Credit Suisse Group report.