Informal migration for labor

Local workers 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Korea set to import mangoes

South Korea wants to host more migrant workers and increase agricultural imports from Cambodia, including mangoes, a meeting between the outgoing ambassador and National Assembly president Heng Samrin revealed yesterday. ...

Khy Sovuthy

AEC presents migrant hurdles

With cross-border flows of migrant workers rapidly increasing since the founding of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, industry insiders claim that this change has had both positive and negative effects on the Kingdom by reducing the levels of unemployment while highlighting the need ...

Robin Spiess

Migrant workers to get more benefits

The government is negotiating with other countries to ensure the safety of migrant workers and that they receive worker benefits while toiling abroad, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday. ...

Sen David

Relaxed rules set to help migrants go legal

The government has relaxed regulations for migrant workers to obtain legal documents in Thailand, in a bid to encourage more workers to legitimise their presence in the country. ...

Sen David

Government studying migrant issues

Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday announced he has formed an assessment group – with representation from the ministry’s identification and immigration departments as well as the Ministry of Labour – to study the issues affecting Cambodian migrant workers and provide recommendations to fix them. ...

Kong Meta and Yesenia Amaro

Legal status in sight for workers in Thailand

Cambodian workers in Thailand will be able to collect legal documents to legitimise their presence in the country this week. The Committee for Legalising Cambodian Workers Residing and Working in Thailand will begin issuing both travel documents and Overseas Cambodian Workers Cards under the ongoing 100-day ...

Mom Kunthear

Thailand repatriates 500 dead Cambodians

More than 500 dead Cambodians were repatriated from Thailand in the first six months of 2017, according to an Interior Ministry official. Chou Bun Eng, secretary of state at the ministry, said yesterday the 500 bodies were repatriated through three checkpoints in Banteay Meanchey province. ...

Pav Suy

Workers repatriated from Malaysia

Eighteen Cambodian migrant workers were repatriated from Malaysia this week after being cheated by brokers to work abroad illegally, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday. ...

Sen David

UN envoy meets with NEC

The National Election Committee (NEC) yesterday told United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith that election monitoring coalition the “Situation Room” will have to register with the Interior Ministry if it wants to deploy observers for next year’s elections – despite there being no such requirement ...

Soth Koemsoeun and Ananth Baliga

NEC to begin registering voters it missed for 2017

The National Election Committee said it will aim to register around 1.4 million of the nearly 2 million eligible voters it was unable to get on voter rolls last year, though the body’s chairman, Sik Bun Hok, refused to address yesterday whether the process would ...

Soth Koemsoeun

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