Immigration police from the Interior Ministry yesterday detained about 30 foreign nationals suspected of violating immigration laws in areas across Phnom Penh.
Chea Chetra, chief of compliance procedure with the municipal police, said that along with immigration and court authorities, foreign nationals were found to have committed violations in four different locations in several districts.
Mr Chetra said that during the operation, police found five Korean nationals in Villa 44 in Tuol Kork district’s Boeng Kak II commune who had no passports.
The men were detained and sent to the general immigration department for processing, he said, noting that the authorities also separately detained 31 Chinese nationals over immigration violations and online fraud schemes.
“For the second location located in a condo in Boeng Keng Kang 1 commune in Chamkar Mon district, we found 31 Chinese nationals, including four women, suspected of VoIP fraud, and we found 56 Chinese passports,” he said. “Those people were sent to the general immigration department to be processed.”
On Monday, immigration authorities also detained 12 Vietnamese nationals who had been living and working without proper documentation at a wood-processing facility in Phsar Doeum Thkov and Boeng Trabek communes in Chamkar Mon district.
According to a report published by the Interior Ministry, in 2017 immigration officials deported a total of 1,885 foreigners, of which 917 were Vietnamese, 598 Chinese, 155 Nigerians, 31 Indians, 19 South Koreans, 15 British, 14 Americans, and 13 Filipinos, among others.