Category Archives: Arrest, Detention and Deportation
Immigration police arrested 36 illegal Vietnamese immigrants Thursday morning during coordinated raids of 18 furniture shops in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district, an immigration official said.
The raids were carried out as part of the government’s ongoing census of foreigners living in the country, said Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration, adding that all of the furniture shops were located in Phsar Doeum Thkov commune, where local residents had tipped off authorities to the presence of the Vietnamese laborers.
“We arrested 36 at 18 furniture shops,” he said. “Twenty-one of them had passports, but they [only] had tourist visas, which they cannot use to work in the country.”
Lt. Gen. Heisela said the 21 had been given a week to leave the country, while the remaining 15 would be deported next week. Since the start of the year—when the census was scheduled to finish—some 600 illegal immigrants have been deported by the Interior Ministry, about 500 of them Vietnamese, Lt. Gen. Heisela said.
By: SEK ODOM
Published on: 12 June 2015
Nine Vietnamese nationals found to be living in Cambodia illegally were arrested at furniture-making workshops in Battambang City on Tuesday as the national immigration census nears its end, a police official said Wednesday.
Oeun Sarun, deputy provincial police chief, said the raids at the two businesses in Svay Por and Chamkar Samraong communes came after several months of investigations.
“Police have worked in the communes for a few months and after checking records they arrested nine people who were found without passports or immigration documents,” said Mr. Sarun, adding that the seven men and two women were believed to have crossed into Cambodia through illegal checkpoints in Svay Rieng and Kandal provinces within the past month.
Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said that a total of 1,280 people had been deported since the census began in August, including 1,100 Vietnamese nationals.
Mr. Heisela said the latest group arrested in Battambang would be deported once he had received a letter of confirmation from Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
By Sek Odom