Ethnic Vietnamese protest against residency blunder

Seventeen families from Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, who claim they have lived in the area for two decades and are Cambodian by birth, protested against district authorities on Wednesday for designating them as Vietnamese immigrants. The families, from Chak Angre Krom commune’s Tuol Roka village, ...

Voun Dara

Foreigners working in Cambodia face permit fines

About 100,000 foreigners working without permits will be fined after Khmer New Year and potentially face jail time and deportation if they fail to get paperwork or pay their fines, the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labour announced yesterday. ...

Mech Dara

Probe into Chinese investment to Sihanoukville still idle

A task force established a month ago to address problems stemming from an influx of Chinese investment to Sihanoukville has not received a single report of illegal businesses or taken any enforcement action, with one official maintaining it was impossible to take “serious” action for ...

Cheng Sokhorng

Government pledges documentation for ethnic Vietnamese

The government yesterday maintained it was opening a path to citizenship for roughly 70,000 ethnic Vietnamese people living in Cambodia, though many have lived here for generations, and advocates say a current drive to revoke “irregular” government documents is effectively rendering many stateless. ...

Mech Dara and Daphne Chen

More than 2,300 foreigners deported

The government’s crackdown on illegal immigrants has resulted in more than 2,300 being deported and barred permanently from the kingdom so far this year. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Vietnam asks ‘migrants’ rights be respected

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded on Tuesday to reports that Cambodia plans to revoke documents from thousands of ethnic Vietnamese, urging the Kingdom to respect legal rights during the process. ...

Andrew Nachemson and Kong Meta

Interior Ministry identifies 70,000 ‘improper’ citizens, mostly ethnic Vietnamese

The Ministry of Interior is moving forward with a plan to revoke official documents from 70,000 individuals living in Cambodia, claiming they were “improperly” issued and mistakenly confer citizenship on “immigrants” – many of whom are ethnic Vietnamese born in Cambodia. ...

Kong Meta

Daily directors barred from leaving country

The Tax Department yesterday issued a letter asking the Immigration Department to prevent Deborah Krisher-Steele and Douglas Steele – both representatives of the Cambodia Daily – from leaving the country, a day after department head Kong Vibol said he would continue to pursue the tax ...

Niem Chheng

Vietnamese immigrants get arrested

Immigration police arrested 22 Vietnamese nationals illegally living and working in Phnom Penh yesterday, an Interior Ministry official said. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Crackdown on illegal documents imminent

The government plans to crackdown on immigrants holding illegal or irregular paperwork to live, work and vote in the country, according to a sub-decree obtained yesterday. ...

Mom Sophon

Immigration department to introduce new visa for retirees

Immigration officials say they will introduce a new visa category for foreign retirees as soon as Monday—the latest push in a campaign to encourage more expatriates to settle in Cambodia. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Immigration arrests illegal foreigners

The Ministry of Interior’s department of immigration temporarily arrested 31 foreign nationals, including one Frenchman, on suspicion of staying in the Kingdom illegally in raids of two businesses in the capital yesterday. ...

Pav Suy

Chinese, Taiwanese arrested in internet-phone fraud case

Twenty-seven Chinese and Taiwanese nationals were arrested during a raid on a villa in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district on Monday on suspicion of operating an internet-phone scam, officials said.   ...

Sek Odom

Authorities given 10 days to collect foreigners’ papers in capital

Foreigners living in certain areas of Phnom Penh have 10 days to show their documents to police so the government can complete registering foreign nationals by the end of the year. Those found to have overstayed their visas or entered the country illegally will be ...

Ros Chanveasna

Deportation figures triple

A year-long crackdown on illegal immigration equated to a threefold increase in deportations in the first 11 months of 2015, with 4,312 foreigners sent home versus just 1,307 in the same period last year, according to a Department of Immigration report obtained yesterday. ...

Mom Kunthear

Migrants rounded up

Nearly 30 Nigerian nationals and one Filipino were arrested in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district yesterday after being found to be living in the Kingdom unlawfully. ...

Sen David

Stop issuing docs to ‘illegals’, officials told

The director of immigration at the Interior Ministry has warned local authorities to immediately cease distributing identity documents to illegal immigrants after recent census data revealed that allegedly crooked officials have been handing out papers. ...

Pech Sotheary

Nine Vietnamese arrested in Battambang census raids

Nine Vietnamese nationals found to be living in Cambodia illegally were arrested at furniture-making workshops in Battambang City on Tuesday as the national immigration census nears its end, a police official said Wednesday. ...

Sek Odom

Police arrest 17 Bangladeshis wanted for human trafficking

A yearlong investigation by immigration police culminated in the arrest on Saturday of 17 Bangladeshi men hiding in Phnom Penh and Poipet City to avoid charges of human trafficking in their home country, police said Sunday. Three of the fugitives, arrested   at a guesthouse in Phnom ...

Ben Sokhean

Ministries to tighten checks on foreign workers

The ministries of Labor and Interior met on Thursday to outline the government’s plan to more strictly enforce measures for employers of foreign nationals to ensure that their staff has proper documentation. Seng Sakada, director-general of the Labor Ministry’s labor department, said previous efforts have not ...

Mech Dara

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