Fifty-one migrant workers working illegally in Thailand were deported on Wednesday through Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet International Border Checkpoint.
According to a National Police report, Thai authorities deported 51 migrant workers, including 16 women and five children.
The report said that 20 workers hailed from Battambang province, 14 from Kampong Thom, six from Siem Reap, three from Banteay Meanchey and eight from Prey Veng province.
Sin Nam Yung, deputy director of the migrant worker coordination office in Poipet city, said that most of the workers entered Thailand illegally to find jobs.
“After interviewing the workers, the authorities allowed them to go back home,” she said.
One of the workers told local media that most of the workers were fired by employers because they owed money for having their passports processed.
“We owed the employers money and they accused us of working illegally, so they fired us from the job. We decided to come back home,” he said.
According to a Ministry of Interior report issued last month, 19,379 workers were deported from Thailand from January to November.
The report said migrant workers are still entering Thailand illegally to seek jobs and face arrest, deportation and labour abuse due to the insecurity of working illegally.
Speaking at a National Anti-Human Trafficking Day event last week, Interior Minister Sar Kheng asked authorities to meet the needs of migrant workers deported from Thailand.
“We still have people crossing the border to Thailand for jobs illegally,” he said. “Please take care of them and get them home safely after they are deported.”