Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Montagnard refugees set their course for Philippines

Montagnard refugees set their course for Philippines

Montagnard asylum seekers talk to UNHCR representatives in Ratanakkiri last year. Adhoc
Montagnard asylum seekers talk to UNHCR representatives in Ratanakkiri last year. Adhoc

Montagnard refugees set their course for Philippines

More than a dozen Montagnard refugees are set to depart from Cambodia for the Philippines today, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UNHCR regional press officer Vivian Tan said 13 Montagnards, a predominantly Christian indigenous group, who fled Vietnam into Cambodia through the forests of Ratanakkiri in late 2014, would “receive accommodation and livelihoods support” upon their arrival in the Philippines.

“This is in line with the agreement reached between the relevant parties,” Tan said. Another 171 Montagnard asylum seekers will remain in UN-supported accommodation in Phnom Penh for now,

“The remaining Montagnard asylum seekers in Cambodia are going through registration and refugee status determination by the government’s Refugee Department,” Tan said.

A number of officials at Cambodia’s immigration and refugee departments either could not be reached or claimed to know nothing about the case.

One of the Montagnards committed suicide in April this year. Last September, after the government threatened to deport them, 24 returned to Vietnam.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,