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Almost 1,000 Cambodians repatriated from overseas in 2017

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Cambodian maids return from Malaysia last year. KT/Mai Vireak

Almost 1,000 Cambodian workers were repatriated from overseas last year, marking a significant increase on 2016, according to a Foreign Ministry report released on Wednesday.

The report said the ministry, embassies and consular services last year helped repatriate 986 people from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China and Japan.

In 2016, a total of 816 Cambodian workers were sent home.

Of the 986 repatriated in 2017, 288 came from Thailand, 171 from Vietnam, 49 from Laos, three from Myanmar, 382 from Malaysia, 23 from Indonesia, five from Singapore, 53 from China and 12 from Japan.

“Most of them were workers and maids who had difficulties with their employers, suffered abuse at work, or were cheated by brokers into working abroad illegally,” the report said.

“Most of the women repatriated from China were cheated by brokers into becoming brides for Chinese men, but had difficulties living with their husband’s family.”

It added that between 1,000 and 12,000 Cambodian workers were deported each week from Thailand via the Poipet international border in Banteay Meanchey province last year, after Thai authorities arrested them for crossing over or working illegally in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also recently rescued 29 Cambodian workers from Malaysia and Vietnam.

Full story in Thursday’s paper.

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