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Vietnamese to be shown door, again

Cambodia's controversial census of foreigners continues today, with Kampong Thom authorities planning to deport another 23 Vietnamese nationals for living and working in Cambodia illegally, Kampong Thom provincial deputy police chief Touch Sokhum said yesterday.

“We are taking legal action against them, and ordering them to sign a contract [agreeing not to return] before deporting them,” he said.

Provincial police chief Chhou Sam An said that a company had brought the Vietnamese nationals, aged 20 to 40, into Cambodia more than a week ago to work as labourers on the construction of a Christian church.

“They have only Vietnamese IDs, and no legal documents for living and staying in Cambodia,” he said, saying the 23 would not be prosecuted since it was a first offence, and they had only stayed a week.

The group, Sam An added, would be deported through the Bavet checkpoint today in the company of his officers to ensure that they actually leave the country.

Including today’s batch of deportees, at least 329 foreign nationals – many of them Vietnamese – have been expelled due to the census.

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