Officials from the Labour Ministry on Tuesday sent scores of migrants to work in South Korea.
Many of the workers hope that working in South Korea will improve their livelihoods at home.
Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said at Phnom Penh International Airport that 32 workers were sent to South Korea, noting that the country had agreed to accept up to 4,500 migrant workers this year.
“They are happy to work in South Korea because they will receive many benefits, including high-paying jobs and higher technical skills,” Mr Sour said.
He added that South Korea has a good management system for foreign workers because its Labour Ministry has established 40 Foreign Worker Protection Centres. Mr Sour said each centre has Cambodian officials.
“Workers there should take care of their health and be responsible so our workers have a good reputation,” he said. “It is also so employers are satisfied with our workers and that more Cambodian workers will be accepted to work in South Korea.”
Mr Sour noted that there are about 40,000 Cambodian workers in South Korea in the sectors of industry, agriculture and construction.
South Korean Ambassador Oh Nak-young on Tuesday said people from 16 countries are working in South Korea. Mr Oh said Cambodian workers are appreciated because they are hard workers.
“I cannot promise how many people we will take from Cambodia next year, but I will try my best because I see their ability and hard work,” he said. “So, I hope that the following year, we will help to send more Cambodian workers to work in South Korea.”
He noted that good workers are encouraged to work in South Korea for at least 10 years.
An Keo Moniroth, a worker from Kampong Speu province, said she will work at a duck meat processing facility.
“It’s good for me to work in South Korea because not only does it give me a high salary, but it also has good working conditions and labour laws,” Ms Keo Moniroth said, adding that she wants to encourage more youths to work in South Korea to help increase their standard of living and contribute to the Kingdom’s economic growth.
A worker from Kampong Chhnang province who declined to be named said he chose to apply to work in South Korea because he can earn up to $1,700 per month.
“This is going to be my first time working overseas and I expect that I can help my parents,” the worker said. “I will send most of my salary to them to build a bigger, better house.”