Category Archives: Arrest, Detention and Deportation

Crackdown on Migrant Workers Accelerating, Khmer Times

Ten people were arrested yesterday afternoon for working in Cambodia without official documents, immigration police said.

They had been working at a small footwear shop on Street 232 in 7 Makara district, police said, adding that the three women and seven men had been sent to the immigration office for questioning. 2

Today’s arrest follows two more the day before in which a total of 31 people were detained in Phnom Penh and Kampot province in joint raids conducted by the Immigration and National police.

Major General Uk Heisela, chief investigator at the Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Department, said five Vietnamese men were arrested at a small wood factory in Mean Chey district.

They lacked proper documents to live and work in Cambodia. Another 26 people –19 Vietnamese national and seven Chinese nationals – were arrested in Kampot province.

All were sent to the immigration department for questioning. Immigration police have been cracking down on foreign nationals living and working in Cambodia without legal documents since August last year.

The crackdown has been accelerating since June. Most of those arrested and deported have been Vietnamese nationals.

By Phun Chan Ousaphea
Published on 18 November 2015

Guard of honour for Cambodian migrants, The Nation

A total of 108 undocumented Cambodian workers were rounded up in Sa Kaew province early yesterday morning and delivered to the border, where they were personally welcomed back to Cambodia by Bon Sokvibol, the Cambodian Consulate-General.

In a ceremony in front of the Aranyaprathet District Office, the migrant workers were deported into the arms of Cambodian immigration officials from Poipet, the border town on the Cambodian side of the border.

The Thai authorities orchestrated the elaborate show to express their sincerity about proceeding in accordance with humanitarian principles. They said they wanted to boost confidence ahead of the Asean Economic Community, which both Thailand and Cambodia will find themselves a part of in a few months.

Bon said he was pleased that the Thai officials had dealt with the Cambodian workers in a respectful manner. He also said he would urgently inform other Cambodians who wanted to work in Thailand that they should obtain proper border passes and legally register with the Thai authorities.

By The Nation
Published on 29 October 2015

14 Cambodian migrants arrested in Sa Kaeo, Bangkok Post

SA KAEO — Soldiers rounded up 14 Cambodians trying to sneak out of the country via a natural border in Aranyaprathet district on Monday.
A patrol team from the Burapha Task Force found the Cambodians — seven men and seven women — carrying travel bags through a eucalyptus forest near Wang Mon village in Tha Kharm sub-district on the Thai-Cambodian border tonight.
The squad arrested them after the aliens failed to present travel documents.
Reaw Joon, 45, a Cambodian in the group, said most of them were relatives living in Cambodian province of  Bantia Mianjoey. They had been working in Chon Buri for two months and their employer had legally registered them with the Labour Ministry.
He claimed family members telephoned to ask them to return home to help grow rice as it was raining in Cambodia. But their boss would not allow them to leave work, citing a shortage of manpower. They then decided to flee the country and did not take the labour or travel documents kept by the employer.
The soldiers questioned the migrant workers and sent them to Sa Kaeo provincial immigration office for further legal proceedings.

By: Bangkok Post,

Published on: 21 September 2015

Forty-Seven Migrant Workers to Be Deported, The Cambodia Daily

Nearly 60 illegal Vietnamese migrant workers were arrested by immigration police Wednesday during raids on six furniture workshops and a coffee shop in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district, an immigration official said.

Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said that about 40 officers surrounded the workshops in Boeng Trabek commune at about 9 a.m. before searching for laborers without the proper work paper and residency documents.

“We cooperated with the local authorities to check on many furniture workshops…. We found a total of 57 workers—carpenters and carvers” who lacked the necessary documentation, Major General Heisela said, adding that a coffee shop in the area was also caught in the dragnet.

Those detained were transferred to a temporary holding compound near Phnom Penh International Airport, where police checked on their employment statuses, he said.

“Among those we detained, we found that only six of them had a passport, and four others had visas, but no work permit,” he said, explaining that the 10 would be sent to the immigration department for further questioning and required to pay for work permits and visas.

Maj. Gen. Heisela said the 47 people without a visa or passport —all Vietnamese nationals save one Chinese man—would be sent back to their home countries.

“Maybe we will deport them at the end of this week or early next week,” he said.

Since July last year, immigration police have arrested more than 3,000 foreigners from 46 countries—including 2,800 from Vietnam—who were found to be in the country illegally, he added.

Over the past year, immigration police have carried out dozens of raids in Phnom Penh in an effort to clamp down on illegal migrant workers.

Vann Norn, who owns a workshop in the area where Wednesday’s operation took place, said the possibility of further raids had influenced his hiring decisions.

“Khmer and Vietnamese workers are paid about the same wages, so I choose only Khmer, because I am worried about police raids on my workshop,” he said.

ByBen Sokhean, The Cambodia Daily

Published on 3 September 2015

Illegal Burmese Immigrants found at South Pattaya Apartment Complex, Pattaya One

Over 100 officers from various Police Divisions, along with District Officials, conducted a raid of a South Pattaya Apartment Complex on Saturday Morning, in search of illegal Burmese Nationals who were thought to be residing at the location.

Police Officers from the Crime Suppression Division, Chonburi Immigration, Pattaya Police and the Army, took part in the raid which saw officers converge on Buildings B, C and D of the Flybird Condominium located in Soi 17 off the Pratamnuk Road in South Pattaya, just after 6am.

20 Burmese Nationals were found to have entered Thailand Illegally and were not in possession of passports and a further 7 Burmese Nationals had passports with expired visas.

The detainees will all be deported back to their native country at the earliest opportunity.

By Pattaya One

Published on 30 August 2015

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