Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Refugee reportedly seeking repatriation




Refugee reportedly seeking repatriation

Refugee reportedly seeking repatriation

One of the four refugees resettled in Cambodia as part of a multimillion-dollar deal signed with Australia wants to return to the country he escaped from, according to a report.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak told radio service RFA Khmer on Saturday that the refugee – a Rohingya man from Myanmar – wanted to give up his refugee status and return to Myanmar because he was homesick.

Sopheak could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In exchange for almost $40 million in aid, Cambodia agreed in September of 2014 to accept an unspecified number of refugees from an Australian-run detention camp on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru.

The Rohingya man was one of only four out of 677 refugees who accepted to go to Cambodia, arriving in Phnom Penh along with two Iranian men and one Iranian woman this June. Discrimination against the Muslim Rohingyas in Buddhist-majority Myanmar has caused many to flee the country.

Joe Lowry, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration, which is overseeing the refugees’ resettlement, declined to comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • Passing the test: Is Cambodia’s education system failing its people?

    The Kingdom’s education system needs to grow its people but some flaws might stifle​ this growth Coming from the Khmer Rouge occupation, with the loss of many scholars and academicians and a collapsed government, the education system had to be reconstructed from scratch – one

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia