Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Migrants to South Korea up

Migrants to South Korea up

Migrants to South Korea up

THE number of Cambodian migrant workers travelling to South Korea so far this year has surpassed last year’s total by 17.3 percent, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said yesterday.

Heng Sour, who heads the ministry’s overseas manpower unit, told the Post that an improved South Korean economy, especially in the growing industrial and agricultural sectors, had contributed to greater demand for foreign labour.

A total of 1,979 Cambodian workers migrated to South Korea from January to the end of November, compared with 1,687 for the whole of 2009.

Cambodia ranked sixth out of the 15 countries to send migrant labour to Korea, with numbers falling behind Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and Uzbekistan.

“They can learn and improve their skills during their work there,” Heng Sour said.

The increase this year follows a 33 percent drop in Cambodian migrants in 2009, compared to 2008.

Most of the workers are employed in light industry, agriculture and fisheries, and can earn fixed salaries of between US$700 to $800 a month.

Of this year’s migrants, just 472 were men.


  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • Woman who scaled Cambodia’s three highest peaks eyes Everest

    One of the very few Cambodian women to have successfully reached the Kingdom’s three highest peaks is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and potentially even the world’s tallest straddling Nepal and China, Mount Everest. While in many Western countries it

  • Cheap, clean and efficient: The firm leading Cambodia’s solar revolution

    Sitting in her bright and airy 17th floor office, Rithya Menon, Okra Smart Solar’s lead firmware engineer, checks the frequently updating data telling her everything about how well their community services are operating. “I saw in the data that there was a problem with

  • PM Hun Sen: Cambodia will not die without EBA scheme

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reiterated that he would not be overly concerned if Cambodia had its access to the EU’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) scheme withdrawn because the Kingdom would not die without it. Hun Sen was speaking to factory workers in