The Manpower Association of Cambodia and the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Thai-Cambodian Relation Association to protect migrant workers in Thailand.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday at a hotel in Phnom Penh and is aimed at protecting the rights and welfare of migrants workers in Thailand.
Mr Samheng congratulated the three groups for cooperating with each other.
“This MoU is a new mechanism to protect Cambodian workers working in Thailand and adds to protections already in place,” he noted.
He said that the MoU is also aimed at helping undocumented Cambodian workers in Thailand who face deportation and also helps combat transnational human trafficking.
Mr Samheng requested the NGOs to consider providing temporary housing arrangements for migrant workers in Thailand who are in the process of changing jobs.
He noted that there are about 1.8 million documented migrant workers in Thailand and advised a small number who are working there illegally to contact the Cambodian embassy in Thailand for help.
According to a recent report from the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, there were 1,836,666 workers abroad during the first six months of the year, an increase of 19,853 when compared to the same period last year.
It said that 1,039,797 were documented workers, while 796,869 lacked legal documents. The migrants were working in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
It noted that recruitment agencies tasked with sending workers abroad by the Labour Ministry sent 28,992 workers abroad during the time frame, including 964 to Japan, 138 to Singapore, 41 to Hong Kong, three to Saudi Arabia, 3,328 to South Korea and 25,518 to Thailand.