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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cambodian workers [in Thailand] to get passports

  • Published: 19/12/2012
  • Bangkok Post
  • Writer: Phnom Penh Post
The Cambodian government will start issuing passports to its citizens seeking to legalise their working status in Thailand from its embassy in Bangkok next week, so they can avoid deportation.
Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Phnom Penh would send officials to provide passports to its nationals starting Dec 28.
"Our working group is working with their Thai counterparts on that, and now our government has decided to send a working group to provide passports for our people there," Phnom Penh Post quoted him as saying.
"It means that we will provide passports to our workers there at our Cambodian embassy in Bangkok from the 28th of this month,'' he added.
More than 300,000 immigrant workers, half of them Cambodians, face deportation after the nationality verification deadline ended last Friday.
Pravit Khienpol, director-general of the Thai Department of Employment, has said unverified migrant workers have to report to immigration offices at border provinces for deportation.
About 99,000 Lao and 60,000 Myanmar workers failed to verify their nationality by the deadline.
Koy Kuong said issuing passports would enable Cambodian workers to to avoid deportation.
Somkiat Chayasriwong, permanent secretary for labour, said the Thai Labour Ministry will consider issuing work documents for them after they have passports.

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