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Job centre aims to cut Thai migration

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The new job centre will open in Banteay Meanchey province. Supplied

The National Employment Agency yesterday created a new job centre in Banteay Meanchey to provide job information to residents in the province that sees many labourers migrate to Thailand for work.

According to the National Employment Agency, this is the 11th job centre created in the country, with the ten others in Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Takeo, Kampot, Svay Reing, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng and Sihanoukville provinces.

Pich Sophoan, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour, said the job centre was needed in the province.

“It’s a new one for Banteay Meanchey, while others provinces have some already,” he said. “The centre will provide job information to residents.”

Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Soun Bovor said that the job centre will hopefully lead to more locals taking up jobs in the province and country rather than migrating to Thailand.

“Sometimes, some residents lack job information, so this centre will be very helpful,” he said.

Sem Samnag, a resident of Banteay Meanchey province, said many of his friends have left the province for work in Thailand.

“We do not know about local jobs,” he said. “We do not know where or how to apply, it’s easier to go to Thailand. But now this centre can help change that.”

Nearly 100 Cambodians are deported from Thailand every day after having crossed the border illegally to find work, according to Banteay Meanchey authorities.

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