Crackdown on foreigners’ ‘irregular’ documents

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Officials check the documents of foreign workers. KT/Mai Vireak

The government has decided to remove and revoke any irregular documents used by foreigners living in Cambodia.

According to a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday, the term irregular administrative documents refers to any documents which foreigners are holding and using against official procedures and laws.

It added that the Interior Ministry has been authorised to revoke the documents and any foreigner who continues to use these irregular documents or any person who collaborates, forges documents or provides those documents will be punished under the law.

General Sok Phal, the director-general of the immigration department, said that more than 76,000 foreigners living in Cambodia had “irregular” documents that authorities had to deal with.

He said the ministry would revoke all their documents and review them, adding that many of those with “irregular” documents were Vietnamese.

Since April 2014 until May this year, when the government established the General Department of Immigration, 11,661 immigrants from 72 countries have been deported and barred permanently from the kingdom, including people from Vietnam Australia, Ghana, Georgia, Nigeria and the US, while there were 9,927 from Vietnam.

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