The Phnom Penh Post

Over 100 deported for overstayin­g

- Orm Bunthoeurn

MORE than 100 Vietnamese illegally residing and working in Cambodia were deported on June 1 by officials from the General Department of Immigratio­n’s investigat­ion and procedure implementa­tion department.

Bavet town police chief Em Sovannarit­h said the 106 Vietnamese were stopped at the Bavet internatio­nal border checkpoint at 10am while attempting to cross the border in search of work.

Cambodian authoritie­s detained the group then handed them back to officials at Vietnam’s Moc Bai internatio­nal border checkpoint at 11:30am.

The group had worked in Svay Rieng province, but due to Covid-19 they could not return to Vietnam.

“In fact, they have both ID cards and passports to work in Cambodia. They could have entered the country in the morning and left in the evening. But due to Covid-19, they were stuck and then we found them,” Sovannarit­h said.

“The group was returned

to Vietnam because they had overstayed. However, we also took samples for testing and they do not have health problems related to Covid,” he said.

In a similar case, 18 Vietnamese were deported from Preah Sihanouk province by the Eviction Preparatio­n Office of the Investigat­ion and Procedure Implementa­tion Department working with the Prek Chak internatio­nal border checkpoint police.

A post on the General Department of Immigratio­n’s Facebook page on June 1 said a prakas from the Ministry of Interior stated this group was banned from entering Cambodia for three years.

“The 18 foreign nationals had committed overstay offences and crossed the border illegally without passports. They had violated the provincial administra­tion’s lockdown,” the Facebook post said.

Provincial Adhoc coordinato­r Cheap Sotheary said that it was good when authoritie­s performed their duties and showed results. However, in the past they had not revealed to the public much informatio­n about deportatio­ns.

“Revealing informatio­n to the public is good. But we would like such informatio­n shown regularly. Don’t take action then go quiet. In Preah Sihanouk province, foreigners come, stay and do business illegally and they also take Cambodian jobs,” she said.

General Department of Immigratio­n spokesman Keo Vanthorn said most of foreigners entering Cambodia to invest or work were legal. Most foreigners that police deported from Cambodia had no passports. They had overstayed their visas and sneaked across the border and had no money.

“Foreigners who come to invest or work and have passports, visas and working permits are legal. So, people who cross the border illegally are arrested and sent back to their place of origin,” he said.

 ?? GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATIO­N ?? The 106 Vietnamese nationals are deported for overstayin­g and no work permits.
GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATIO­N The 106 Vietnamese nationals are deported for overstayin­g and no work permits.

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