Population and censuses

Fewer Cambodians Cross Poipet to Work in Thailand

The number of Cambodian workers passing through Poipet international checkpoint to work in Thailand decreased by 10 percent during the first six months of the year compared to 2011, an immigration police officer said yesterday. Leak Romnea, chief of administration of Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet immigration ...

Agriculture Census to Be Launched in Cambodia

Following the release of the country’s first nationwide economic census earlier this year, the government is now planning to carry out a similar census dedicated to the agriculture sector, a government official said yesterday. Minister of Agriculture Chan Sarun announced the government’s intention to carry out ...

Cambodian population will increase to 18 million in 2030

In a letter to mark the world population day, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday said: “Cambodian population will grow to 18 million in 2030 and 21 million in 2050. Currently Cambodian people are in 1.5 per cent birth rate per year and on average a Cambodian woman delivered 3 babies ...


Migrants to Korea jump

More Cambodian migrant workers headed to South Korea in the first half of this year than in all of 2011, data from the Ministry of Labour shows. A suspension on Vietnamese migration, coupled with an improving Korean economy, primarily accounted for the jump, officials say. Working ...


Maid’s Death Believed Linked to Abuse

A Cambodian maid who recently returned home from work in Malaysia fell ill and died over the weekend, highlighting ongoing concerns over the treatment of impoverished Southeast Asian women who seek work abroad but are often abused by their employers. Kuy Lyda, 17, died at a ...

Sok Serey

Growth Of Telephone Sub-Scribers Benefit From Population's Income

After reforms instituted in 2011, the price of international phone calls dropped subsequently. In 2011, the price cost fell from 2.76 cent in 1997 to 0.25 cent per minute for mobile phone and desk phone cost about 2.56 cent in 1997 to 0.25 cent in 2010, and 2011 respectively, the report from the ...


Men rescued from fishing boat slavery

Two Cambodians were repatriated yesterday after being rescued from a fishing vessel at a port in Senegal on Friday, thanks to collaborative intervention by the International Organization for Migration and Senegalese authorities. Toy Koeun, 29, from Pursat province, and Som Pich, 20, from Kampot province, said ...


Information Minister Promotes Gov't Use of Social Media

Minister of Information Khieu Kanarith has encouraged all provincial and city information departments to set up and maintain their own homepages, websites and profiles on the Internet, including popular social networking sites such as Facebook, officials said yesterday. The minister, who posts frequent updates ...

Tech businesses among Cambodia’s fastest-growing sectors

More than one-sixth of Cambodian businesses in 2011 were part of the Kingdom’s information and communications sector, a government census showed. Of the 182,439 new enterprises that sprang up in the country between June 2009 and March 2011, some 95,590 serviced the sector, according to the ...


National Census Identifies Half-Million Businesses

Cambodia has a total of 505,134 businesses supported by a workforce of 1,676,263, just 11.56 percent of the total population, according to a nationwide economic census released yesterday by the Ministry of Planning. Of the total number of people employed in the country, 1,026,084, or 61.2 ...

Hul Reaksmey and Philip Heijmans, P.1

Financing Cambodia's Muslims

Islamic finance could help to boost trade between Cambodia and the Middle East, as well as attract investment from Muslim-majority countries, experts said on Saturday. Knowledge of Islamic finance and banking, which bars interest lending and discourages unfair trade advantages, is almost nonexistent among Cambodia’s Muslims, ...


Hun Sen Blames Migration for Labor Shortage in Agriculture

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday blamed illegal immigration for contributing to a current shortage in the Cambodian labor market but said workers could benefit from rising wages as a result of the demand for workers. Mr. Hun Sen said the shortage was hitting the agriculture sector ...

Thailand and Cambodia in talks over demand for migrant labor

Thailand has appealed to Cambodia to send more migrant workers to the country due to a high demand for labor following last year’s devastating floods, while Cambodia has in turn asked that Thailand render the migration process safer, speedier and cheaper, Choub Narth, deputy director ...

Gov't, NGOs, firms finalize migrant contract

After a year of mounting concern over the treatment of migrant workers both within and outside Cambodia, the Ministry of Labor, NGOs and recruitment agencies yesterday reached an agreement on standardized contracts aimed at minimizing the possibility for exploitation. The groups agreed on a contract between ...

Abby Seiff and Cheng Sokhorng, p.25

After Thai floods, flow of migrant labor soars

Thailand’s ongoing recovery efforts from recent flooding have led to a resurgence in the country’s demand for labor, resulting in a record number of Cambodian migrants crossing the border in search of work, officials and experts said yesterday. Ouk Keorattanak, Banteay Manteay provincial deputy administration chief, ...

Cambodia to send labour to Qatar

The government has approved Qatar as a destination for the growing number of Cambodian labourers seeking employment overseas. Workers will not be recruited for housekeeping services, however, private sector officials said. The abuse of maids in Malaysia – many of whom were reportedly under-aged – has ...


Men who escaped Thai trawlers to be repatriated

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it was cooperating with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to repatriate 30 men – part of a group of 65 Cambodians who are in Indonesia after enduring months of abuse and exploitation while working aboard Thai fishing ...

Complaint filed against T&P in Banteay Meanchey

Thirteen construction workers have filed a complaint against the Banteay Meanchey provincial branch of T&P Co Ltd – the recruitment agency at the center of allegations involving illegal detainment of trainees – officials said yesterday. The workers, who had previously worked illegally as construction workers in ...

Kuch Naren, P.24

Maid recruits routinely deceived, report finds

Job recruitment agencies that send workers overseas often deceive young women through misleading job advertisements by using brokers that have “a position of authority” within the community, according to a new report by the Asia Foundation. According to the report, agencies also inflate migration costs that ...

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