Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hundreds of illegal migrants repatriated to Cambodia

Hundreds of illegal migrants repatriated to Cambodia

Hundreds of illegal migrants repatriated to Cambodia

Nearly 450 Cambodians who were illegally working in Thailand were repatriated across the Battambang province border on Saturday in one of the largest one-day operations along that border, officials said yesterday.

Thai authorities had rounded up the 447 workers, who were busted without the required paperwork, as part of a co-operation agreement between authorities in Battambang and bordering Thai province Chan Buri that was inked in June.

Many of the Cambodians repatriated over the weekend had been jailed for their illegal entry into Thailand, said Yos Sereiroth, deputy police chief of immigration at Battambang’s Dong International checkpoint.

“Some had been imprisoned in Thailand from one to four years after being convicted on the charge of illegal trespassing and working,” Sereiroth said.

Chea Sophat, governor of Komrieng district, through which the 447 illegals migrants returned, said that border authorities in both Cambodia and Thailand vowed to halt cross-border crimes like illegal migration.

“The illegal workers still cross to work in Thailand under the persuasion of trafficking ringleaders despite the frequent offering of education because most of them are poor and low-educated,” Sophat said.

to contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at [email protected]


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all