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Cambodian migrants returnees statistics 2015 (through Poipet – Klongleuk International border).

Number of Cambodian migrants returnees through government-to-government repatriation 2015 (Poipet – Klongleuk International border).

Month

Statistic

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Total

Male

Female

Boy

Girl

January

       4,325        2,661        1,358           178           128                  104

February

       4,175        2,457        1,350           220           148                  102

March

       4,835        3,111        1,437           180           107                  108

April

       6,538        3,995        2,084           275           184                  168

May

       3,664        1,936        1,161           355           212                    93

June

       3,360        1,827        1,090           313           130                    87

July

       5,259        2,813        1,825           389           232                  114

August

       7,267        3,861        2,594           551           261                  153

September

       6,610        3,643        2,229           523           215                  140

October

       4,417        2,427        1,424           395           171                    96

November

       4,168        2,294        1,308           351           215                    87

December

       4,703        2,704        1,436           289           274                  106
     59,321      33,729      19,296        4,019        2,277              1,358
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Source: Poipet Transit Center (PTC), 31 December 2015, PTC Director

Poipet Transit Center (PTC) is a reception center of Ministry of Social Affairs which has been establishing since 2003 following a 2003 bilateral agreement between Cambodia and Thailand to combat human trafficking. This is the only official Transit Center for Cambodian migrant returnees through government-to-government repatriation.

In addition, the Transit Center is also deploying their mobile team staff in-charge at reception center to host Cambodian migrant returnees through deportation as well. The role of PTC’s mobile team staff at reception center is to conduct quick screening to identify victims of trafficking and labor exploitation as well as children in special needs among deportees in order to refer to NGO partners, especially CWCC, for services provision.

Currently, PTC is partly supported by CWCC. CWCC supports PTC to cover all expenses of food and hygienic materials to migrant returnees and their family members during their stay at PTC. CWCC is also supporting salary for one PTC staff who is in-charge at reception center to host Cambodian deportees from Thailand.

Every year, PTC refers at least 30 victims of trafficking, labor exploitation and child migrants in special needs to CWCC for services including medical care, shelter, legal aid, psycho-social support, and reintegration (including livelihood) and follow up visit.

More Than 50,000 Migrants Deported by Thailand in 2015, The Cambodia Daily

More than 50,000 Cambodian migrants were deported from Thailand through the Poipet International Border Checkpoint, the main point of return for migrants, since the beginning of this year, according to a Banteay Meanchey provincial police official.

Lay Kimluon, the provincial anti-human trafficking police chief, said that 55,626 Cambodians have been sent back through the checkpoint by Thai authorities this year, citing a report that was completed on Friday but has yet to be made public.

The police official said that many of the migrants initially crossed into Thailand from other provinces along the border, but were routinely deported through Poipet, home to the main crossing along the shared border.

He said the workers were illegally entering Thailand despite the many risks.

“Our migrant workers who illegally cross to work in Thailand risk their lives because they face gunfire by Thai authorities, being arrested and put in prison, and cheating and exploitation by their ring leaders who send them to a third country to work as a slave,” he said.

Mr. Kimluon said he did not know how this year’s figure compared to previous years. However, Soum Chankea, the provincial monitor for local rights group Licadho, said that such deportations were down significantly from last year, when the Thai junta began implementing new measures to rid the country of illegal migrant workers.

Mr. Chankea said that people would continue to cross the border—legally or illegally—until the government addressed the main issue motivating their migration, a lack of income or job opportunities at home.

“The problem with workers being deported from Thailand is because the Cambodian government doesn’t care about people crossing the border or the farmers near the border,” he said. “If the government focuses on helping the farmers, no one will risk their life to illegally work in Thailand.”

By Saing Soenthrith
Published on 07 December 2015

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
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