The Cambodian embassy in Thailand on Friday clarified that the more than 50 migrant workers who returned to the Kingdom through the border in Poipet city last week were not fired by a factory but were in fact working illegally and returned home to get required documents.
In a statement, the embassy responded to a Facebook post under the account of Chhum Vean Khmer which claimed that the workers returned to Cambodia on Wednesday because they were sacked by their Thai employer. The embassy said it regretted the false information.
It said that after getting information about the post, it sent its labour attaché to the factory in Thailand’s Chonburi province to check on the issue on Thursday.
“In fact in November, 32 Cambodians working in that factory had filed a petition with the embassy requesting for help to get passports and other documents because the employer told them they could not work illegally and told them to return to work after getting the required documents,” it said.
The embassy added that 28 of them asked for temporary travel documents to return to Cambodia.
The statement said that the embassy helped repatriate 16 of them on November 29 and the others returned on their own.
“The embassy urges the public not to publish false information or fake photos to avoid harming international relations,” the statement said.
It added that the embassy has always paid close attention to Cambodians who come to stay and work in Thailand both legally and illegally and issues documents to illegal workers and also helps settle disputes with bosses or repatriate workers who are cheated by employers.
On Wednesday, more than 51 Cambodian workers were sent back from Thailand via the international checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city.
The National Police reported that the 51 included 16 women and five children.
An Interior Ministry report recently issued showed that from January to November, 19,379 Cambodian workers were deported from Thailand.