Immigration police yesterday raided homes in Phnom Penh, arresting more than 20 foreigners for living and working illegally in the country.
Lieutenant General Ouk Hiesela, director of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration, said police conducted visa raids yesterday at three locations in Phnom Penh, detaining 25 people.
“We arrested 16 Vietnamese, five Chinese and four Nigerian from Daun Penh, Meanchey and Chbar Ampov districts for living and working in Cambodia illegally,” Lt Gen Hiesela said.
“After questioning, we found that five of the 16 Vietnamese have passports and proper documents, while 11 Vietnamese and four Nigerian men don’t have passports or any documents to work or stay in the kingdom,” he added.
Lt Gen Hiesela said that the 15 without proper documents would be deported as soon as possible and permanently barred from re-entry.
“For the five Chinese nationals that have passports but don’t have work permits to work in the country, we will let them apply” Lt Gen Hiesela said, adding that the five would be fined before they applied for work permits.
The department says 3,509 illegal immigrants were deported and barred permanently from returning to the kingdom in 2016. The deportees came from 63 different nations, with most, 2,570, from Vietnam.