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One Doubt

One Doubt

Talking about the issue of refugees fleeing a country to reside in another one, the

problem is commonly caused by war in one's own country. Refugees often escape their

own country to seek asylum in a peaceful onewith a high standard of economy.

But it is strange when many Vietnamese are flowing from their own independent, peaceful,

and solid-economic-foundation Vietnam into war-torn Cambodia, where the economy has

dropped to zero. Why are they coming here? On the other hand, 80 to 85 percent of

them are skilled laborers. Doesn't Vietnam need them to build its national economy?

In fact, every country often needs able-bodied men to build its national economy.

In this case, aren't those Vietnamese involved in political affairs, in war to invade

Cambodia?

I suggest that UNTAC review this issue. The government should also explain the immigration

law. What qualification should refugees obtain in order to have the right for asylum?

But it does not mean they have the right to reside and become an owner of a country.

We never degrade any foreigner. We just would like to know: what defines the right

to be an owner of a country?

- Anonymous intellectual Translated from Khmer by Ker Munthit

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