Cambodian embassies in three countries have intervened to help more than 20 Cambodians return home after some had problems with their health and could not continue their jobs or had crossed into other countries without proper documentation.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia repatriated 11 workers who were maids, restaurant and factory workers.
Some of the 11 were sick, while others did not have passports, he said.
“The embassy issued travel documents for them and coordinated with the Malaysian immigration office. Those 11 workers have already arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport,” he said.
Mr Sounry said the Cambodian embassy in Singapore intervened to help a 27-year-old female worker, Seng Samnang, return home after she went to work as a maid at the end of September.
She could not continue the work due to health problems, and asked the embassy to help her return to Cambodia, he said.
Mr Sounry added the Cambodian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City also cooperated with Vietnamese authorities to help nine Cambodians, including seven children, return to Cambodia after they went there to work as lottery vendors.
“The Consulate General helped those nine citizens to return to Cambodia on November 1, through the Bavet International border checkpoint in Svay Rieng province,” he said.
In the first six months of the year, Cambodian embassies repatriated thousands of Cambodian workers from 10 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Japan and South Korea.