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Visa, work permit raids on construction site

Ros Chanveasna / Khmer Times Share:
Immigration police raided a construction site and found undocumented Chinese workers. Supplied

Immigration police in Tuesday morning arrested more than 70 Chinese nationals for working illegally in Phnom Penh.

Lieutenant General Uk Hiesela, the director of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s department of immigration, said his police forces raided a construction site in Tuol Kok district to see if its staff were legally entitled to work in Cambodia.

Lt Gen Hiesela said: “Police forces arrested 74 Chinese people at the construction site.”

He said they were all being questioned at the immigration department to see if they have passports, work permits and other proper documents.

Last year, 2,357 immigrants were deported and barred from the kingdom for overstaying their visas or crossing the border illegally.

The deportees were comprised of 51 different nationalities. Of the total, 1,220 were Vietnamese.

Since April 2014, 14,018 foreigners from 85 nations have been deported and barred permanently from Cambodia.

Of them, 10,908 – or nearly 78 percent – were Vietnamese nationals.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper.

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