Cambodian embassies abroad have rescued 56 Cambodians nationals living and working illegally in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand in less than one month.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday that the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia worked with Malaysian police to repatriate five nationals, including one child, on Sunday.
The Cambodian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City also cooperated with Vietnamese authorities to repatriate 29 nationals, including 21 children, from Svay Rieng province.
“The Consulate General brought those people back to Cambodia on December 27 and 29”
They were then released to Cambodian authorities.
Mr Sounry added that Thailand’s Trat provincial court held a hearing on December 23 and decided to release 22 Cambodians after they were arrested by Thai authorities for illegally fishing in Thai waters in November 2017.
After their release, the fishermen were repatriated to Cambodia and the five fishing boats were kept by Thai authorities.