Immigration police arrested 22 Vietnamese nationals illegally living and working in Phnom Penh yesterday, an Interior Ministry official said.
Lieutenant General Uk Hiesela, director of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s department of immigration, said police expanded their raids yesterday to included coffee shops and furniture stores in Toul Kok district, checking all migrant workers for valid visas and proper documents.
Mr Hiesela said the 22 Vietnamese are being detained at the immigration department for further questioning.
“If the migrant workers have no passports, they will be deported and barred from returning to Cambodia,” he said.
Last year, 3,509 immigrants were deported and barred from the kingdom for overstaying their visas or crossing the border illegally.
The deportees were comprised of 63 different nationalities. Of the total, 2,570 were Vietnamese.
Since April 2014, 11,661 immigrants of 72 nationalities have been deported and barred permanently from Cambodia.