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Embassies help bring back illegal workers

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Eighteen workers are expected back this week. KT/Mai Vireak

Cambodian embassies have worked with Malaysian and Vietnamese authorities to help repatriate 18 Cambodians who went to work and stay illegally in these countries.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday that the embassy to Malaysia had cooperated with authorities to help solve problems and repatriate nine workers, including four women.

“These nine workers returned to Cambodia on the morning of May 27,” he said.

He added that Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City is working with Vietnamese authorities to send home nine Cambodians, aged from one- to 32-years-old, who went to live and work as lottery sellers and beggars.

Mr Hen said in a letter on Tuesday that he had received information about the nine from the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

The Cambodians had been found by Vietnamese authorities and sent to stay at a social protection centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Vietnamese side would return the Cambodians today through Svay Rieng province’s Bavet border crossing.

They will be handed over to the provincial social affairs department.

The 18 people rescued were from Svay Rieng, Kandal, Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom provinces.

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