Cambodia deports 700 Illegal immigrants, nabs Vietnamese spies in border row

(From Radio Free Asia)

Cambodia has deported 700 illegal immigrants in the past six months, the ministry of interior said on Thursday, as the detention of Vietnamese border guards who disguised themselves as local police to spy on a meeting underscored Phnom Penh’s difficulty in controlling its borders.

Ouk Hai Seila, head of the ministry’s immigration investigation bureau, told RFA’s Khmer Service authorities had deported 500 Vietnamese and 200 Chinese illegal immigrants since late 2014. Most had come seeking work in construction, he said.

“Illegal Vietnamese are coming to Cambodia because there are ethnic Vietnamese who are living in Cambodia. Some contractors in construction businesses and carpentry hired staff from Vietnam. They are illegal entering the country,” he said. Read more

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