More foreigners deported

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The government’s crackdown on foreigners living illegally in the kingdom has netted a further 133 offenders from around the world.
 
The Interior Ministry announced yesterday it had recently deported 46 foreigners from six countries and was holding 87 it believed had entered Cambodia illegally or overstayed their visas.
 
The Ministry’s chief investigator, Major General Uk Hai Seila, said: “Last week, we detained 87 foreigners from five different countries – Vietnam, Australia, Nigeria, the US and Ghana – for not having passports or valid documents to stay or work in the kingdom.”
 
He said unless any could justify being here, all would be deported and permanently barred from returning.
 
A further 46 foreigners of six nationalities had recently been deported.
 
“They were from Vietnam, Australia, Nigeria, the US, Georgia and Ghana and those deportees are permanently barred from returning to the kingdom,” said Maj Gen Seila.
 
The Interior Ministry began its crackdown last year as part of its campaign to maintain an up-to-date census.
 
At that time, General Sok Phal, director-general of the Immigration Department, said the ministry had finished more than 85 percent of the census and hoped to complete it soon.
 
They had already ascertained that more than 76,000 foreigners living in Cambodia had “irregular” documents.
 
“We will revoke all of their documents and review it again,” said Gen Phal, who added that many of the offenders were Vietnamese.
 
The government’s crackdown against offending foreigners resulted in 3,509 immigrants being deported and barred permanently from the kingdom last year. They comprised 63 nationalities but the vast majority – 2,570 – were Vietnamese.
 
Since April 2014, when the government established the General Department of Immigration, 11,661 immigrants from 72 countries, have been deported and barred permanently from the kingdom,  9,927 of them from Vietnam.

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