Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A billboard in Sihanoukville advertises a new housing complex in Khmer and Chinese. Heng Chivoan

Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

The number of Chinese nationals living in Cambodia this year has increased to more than 210,000. The figure rose from last year’s 100,000, the newly appointed Secretary of State Sok Phal confirmed yesterday.

He said: “Of the 210,000, more than 78,000 are living in Preah Sihanouk [province], but only about 20,000 have work permits.”

The figures were based on the statistics of visa extension requests by Chinese nationals and that last year’s figure did not include diplomats and tourists.

Speaking in front of high-ranking officials and police chiefs from the General Department of Immigration in a meeting yesterday, Sok Phal urged the authorities to crack down on those who violate the law.

Also present at the meeting, the General Department of Immigration director Kirth Chantharith guaranteed a clear and effective immigrant management “blueprint” as he is committed to carefully monitoring the movements of all foreigners coming into and leaving the Kingdom.

“I will work hard to research, in order to introduce [effective] immigration strategies as well as plans for new actions to ensure clear management of arrivals and departures at all border checkpoints in this country,” he said.

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday said he will set up a support team consisting of members from the General Department of Administration, General Department of Immigration, the General Commissariat of National Police and the ministry’s legal team to assist the Preah Sihanouk administration in solving the immigration-related problems in the province.

“The team is assigned not to replace the local authorities, but to help them cracking down on the [immigration] violations that they cannot solve themselves,” Kheng said.

Political analyst Meas Nee suggested that if the government could manage its immigrants well, it will benefit not only national security but also its economy.

“Because those foreigners came to create jobs for Cambodians and generate revenue for the country,” said Nee.

Advocating a clear measure on foreigners movement management, Nee added: “The relevant [authorities] must validate each Chinese visitor’s purpose of visit.

“They must make sure one is a businessperson if they stated they come on business. Same goes for tourists.”

Nee expressed the belief that the government has not been strict about the monitoring yet, thus it would lead to a great loss to the Kingdom’s revenue.

MOST VIEWED

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does