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Foreign ministry calls on S Korea to take on more Cambodian migrant workers

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on Monday requested the government of the Republic of Korea to receive more Cambodian migrant workers. The request was made at a bilateral meeting with South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha during the Asean-Republic of ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/foreign-ministry-calls-s-korea-take-more-cambodian-migrant-workers

Almost all migrant workers ‘legal and safe’: Ministry

Labour Minister Ith Samheng on Wednesday told a representative of the International Organisation for Migration that the government has successfully legalised almost all Cambodians working overseas and made their situation safer. The minister said the government has always prioritised finding a solution to the migration problems ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50650024/almost-all-migrant-workers-legal-and-safe-ministry/

Immigration department requests border changes

The General Department of Immigration has requested the Ministry of Interior to close down several border checkpoints and add new facilities to issue border permits to prevent migrant workers from crossing illegally and to stop smuggling. The request followed a meeting on border checkpoints and ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/immigration-department-requests-border-changes

Thais to provide education for children of migrants

The Thai government is set to provide free education for children of Cambodian migrant workers, according to officials. Sompong Sravaen, founder and director of Thailand’s Labour Rights Network Foundation, on Monday said that a new government policy in Thailand will provide free education to children ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50608606/thais-to-provide-education-for-children-of-migrants/

Cambodians arrested in Thailand over logging

A dozen Cambodian migrant workers suspected of cutting down trees in a Thai protected forest were arrested on Sunday by military police at a rubber plantation in Thailand’s Nakhon Reachasima province. According to a report by the Bangkok Post, Thai military police conducted a raid ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50592318/cambodians-arrested-in-thailand-over-logging/

Gov’t: Thousands of migrant workers ‘not received rights’

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday said there are still thousands of Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand who have not received the full legitimate rights that could protect them from abuses. This, he said was despite the two countries having laid out procedures and ...

Kong Meta
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-thousands-migrant-workers-not-received-rights

Unstoppable worker outflow dims Cambodia's future prospects

Despite Thailand’s latest effort to stem the flow of migrants, workers from Cambodia continue to cross the border, as they try to flee an economy that offers little reward for their work. ...

Danielle Keeton-olsen
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Drifting-Cambodia/Unstoppable-worker-outflow-dims-Cambodia-s-future-prospects

CPP lawmaker visits migrants in Thailand

A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) lawmaker has said that the Kingdom’s migrant workers in Thailand have vowed to return home to vote in the July 29 national elections. But a former deputy president of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) expressed doubts that this ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-lawmaker-visits-migrants-thailand

Migrants warned of looming deadline

The Cambodian embassy in Thailand has issued an urgent call for illegal migrant workers to apply for legal documentation before the end of the month, when a deadline kicks in and Thai authorities will again begin deporting paperless workers. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50504918/migrants-warned-of-looming-deadline/

Cambodian nationals rescued abroad

Cambodian embassies have recently come to the aid of citizens in three countries, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement yesterday. ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50106144/cambodian-nationals-rescued-abroad/

Cambodia’s Labour Ministry seeks pact with Lebanon on maids as more seek work abroad

Cambodian workers may soon be headed to Lebanon, the latest country that the Ministry of Labour is targeting as a destination for thousands of underemployed Cambodians looking for work amid stagnant job opportunities at home. ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-labour-ministry-seeks-pact-lebanon-maids-more-seek-work-abroad

Pledge to help illegal workers in Thailand

Speaking during the general department of identification’s annual meeting, secretary of state Prum Sokha said the government would continue to help undocumented workers obtain proper documentation.   ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50103715/pledge-to-help-illegal-workers-in-thailand/

Japan funds training for care workers

Japan has spent about $3 million building a centre to train Cambodian nurses how to take care of the elderly before they are sent to Japan. The centre will open in April.Kondo Yoshio, director of Procast Co Ltd, said after meeting with Labour Minister Ith ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50103184/japan-funds-training-for-care-workers/

More workers to be sent to Japan

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said yesterday said he plans to increase the number of Cambodian trainees being sent to Japan for study and part-time work, noting that about 6,000 have been working in the country since 2007. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50102235/more-workers-to-be-sent-to-japan/

Maids depart for Hong Kong as part of new program

Labour officials sent off 14 maids to Hong Kong yesterday in celebration of a pilot program that hopes to funnel up to 1,000 maids to the Asian financial hub despite concerns from rights groups. ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/maids-depart-hong-kong-part-new-program

Trainees off to Japan in April

About 60 Cambodian trainees will be recruited to study and work in Inuyama town in Japan by the Inuyama Chamber of Commerce in Japan, a decision made after the minister of labour met with the chairman of the chamber yesterday. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5098121/trainees-off-japan-april/

Deadline extended for migrants

The Labour Ministry announced on Friday that the Thai government agreed to extend the deadline for Cambodian officials to complete registration and work permit delivery to Cambodian migrant workers by six months. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5097878/deadline-extended-migrants/

Cambodian migrants faring ‘worst in region’

Out of four Southeast Asian countries, migrant workers from Cambodia have the worst experiences, with eight in 10 experiencing labour rights abuses while abroad and more than two-thirds reporting mental or physical health problems upon return, according to a study released by ILO and IOM ...

Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodian-migrants-faring-worst-region

Malaysian side lagging on MoU

A memorandum of understanding meant to beef up protections for Cambodian maids in Malaysia is still on hold after Malaysia’s human resources minister said he was not aware of the agreement, according to Malaysian media. ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/malaysian-side-lagging-mou

Malaysia, Cambodia sign new agreement to protect maids

Cambodian maids who work in Malaysia will be given smartphones, bank accounts and counselling under a new agreement signed by the two countries yesterday, an employment agency representative said – measures intended to prevent the kind of widespread abuses that resulted in a ban on ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/malaysia-cambodia-sign-new-agreement-protect-maids

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