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Migrant workers delayed

A lack of information about worker safety has prompted the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies to delay sending 2,000 Cambodian domestic workers to Qatar until later this year.

ACRA director An Bunhak said yesterday that the Qatar Ministry of Labour had provided insufficient information about worker protection.

“We delayed to the end of this year because we lack enough information relating to safety, health and laws to protect our Cambodian workers,” he said, adding that the hot climate in Qatar was also a concern.

Conditions for migrant workers in some other areas of the Middle East have been questioned in recent months.

However, An Bunhak said that he felt conditions in Qatar were better than in neighbouring countries and that workers from Asian countries were not discriminated against.

He said that ACRA would attempt to send the workers to Qatar by this year according the wishes of the Cambodian government.

Oum Mean, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour, vowed yesterday to honour the agreement to send 2,000 domestic workers to Qatar, originally penned in May this year.

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