Population

Migration

Migrants still slipping through closed Thai-Cambodian border, despite pandemic fears

In April, 18-year-old Sophoth illegally crossed the Thai-Cambodian border to work at a factory. In July, he was arrested and sent back through a legal border checkpoint. His journey mirrors that of many Cambodian workers who continue to cross into Thailand each month despite the ...

Chea Sokny and Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/migrants-still-slipping-through-closed-thai-cambodian-border-despite-pandemic-fears/

Droves of up to 2,000 migrant Cambodian workers flee Thailand

More than 2,000 Cambodian migrants have reportedly returned back to their home country at Chong Chom border crossing in Surin due to the closure of worker camps. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50894041/droves-of-up-to-2000-migrant-cambodian-workers-flee-thailand/

New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-immigration-bill-targets-illegal-foreigners-kingdom

Remittances fall 17% to $1.2B in 2020: NBC data

Cambodia received $1.2 billion in remittances from migrant workers abroad last year, marking a sharp 17 per cent drop from $1.5 billion in 2019, the National Bank of Cambodia reported. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/remittances-fall-17-12b-2020-nbc-data

South Korea quota allows Cambodians to register to work

The Ministry of Labour announced yesterday that thousands of Cambodian workers can register to work in South Korea through the Employment Permit System (EPS). ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50825247/south-korea-quota-allows-cambodians-to-register-to-work/

More than 600,000 migrant workers register into the system

A total of 654,864 foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have registered since January 15 to screen for Covid-19 after the online registration system closed at midnight on February 13. ...

The Nation Thailand Staff
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30402649?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

PM allots more aid to border

Prime Minister Hun Sen has allotted an additional 1.5 billion riel ($368,000) to four provinces bordering Thailand for support of returning migrants in quarantine. Meanwhile, more than 7,000 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first five days of the campaign by the ministries of ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-allots-more-aid-border

Thailand issues work documents to 126,172

As of February 8, more than 126,000 Cambodians have been issued with legal work documents by the Thai authorities. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50813988/thailand-issues-work-documents-to-126172/

20K jobs await returning migrants

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has announced that it will provide 20,000 jobs in the domestic market to migrant workers who have returned from Thailand.   ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/20k-jobs-await-returning-migrants

Nearly 30% of migrant workers lose income

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Cambodia and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Cambodia released a survey report describing the hardships and vulnerabilities faced by migrant workers who returned to Cambodia from abroad following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nearly-30-migrant-workers-lose-income

Migrant workers receive aid

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) visited migrant workers returning from Thailand at a quarantine centre in Prey Veng province. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/migrant-workers-receive-aid

Project to support migrant workers during COVID-19 crisis launched

Cambodia and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations have joined hands in a project to protect Cambodian migrant workers and legalise their services during the COVID-19 crisis. ...

Lon Nary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50754721/project-to-support-migrant-workers-during-covid-19-crisis-launched/

Thailand ready to open border for Cambodian migrant workers

Thai authorities have prepared to welcome back migrant workers from Cambodia as Thailand is moving into phase 7 of its Covid-19 lockdown easing, the Pattaya Mail has reported. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50752380/thailand-ready-to-receive-cambodian-migrant-workers/

Relevant legislation: Ministry drafting new immigration law

A ministry working group is drafting a new law aimed to effectively manage immigrants and all foreigners in the Kingdom as Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the current Law on Immigration has many “loopholes and challenges” in its implementation. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50749526/relevant-legislation-ministry-drafting-new-immigration-law/

Sar Kheng asks provincial governors to stem illegal border crossings

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered all governors of provinces bordering Thailand to prevent migrant workers from sneaking into Thailand in a move to curb the coronavirus. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50723189/sar-kheng-asks-provincial-governors-to-stem-illegal-border-crossings/

Sharp drop in wages sent back to Kingdom

Cambodia is to join the ranks of declining overseas worker remittances this year after the World Bank projected global remittances will decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 because of the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent business shutdowns ...

Sorn Sarath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50717705/sharp-drop-in-wages-sent-back-to-kingdom/

Returnees a concern: WHO

The World Health Organization has expressed its concern over an influx of migrant workers from Thailand, saying it might lead to cluster infection within the communities. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50711148/returnees-a-concern-who/

Committee tracks influx of migrants

A newly-established inter-ministerial committee is discussing ways to contain the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the Khmer New Year and in anticipation of the return of more migrant workers from Thailand. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/committee-tracks-influx-migrants

Sar Kheng orders local authorities to care for 40,000 returnees

Interior Minister Sar Kheng today ordered all provincial authorities to take good care of about 40,000 migrant workers who have returned to the Kingdom since the Thai-Cambodia border closure. ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50706133/sar-kheng-orders-local-authorities-to-care-for-40000-returnees/

Migrant workers in Thailand told not to leave amid global COVID-19 fears

The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand has asked its migrant workers and students in the country not to leave for home during the upcoming Khmer New Year as COVID-19 fears mount. ...

Sun Mesa
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50702752/migrant-workers-in-thailand-told-not-to-leave-amid-global-covid-19-fears/

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