Cambodia: Thai authorities detain 82 Cambodian migrants allegedly attempting to cross the border to Thailand to seek jobs

Author: Chakrya Sophak Khouth, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 21 May 2020

"Migrants caught trying to illegally cross Thai border", 20 May 2020

Thai soldiers on the Cambodia-Thai border detained 82 Cambodians … while they were trying to illegally enter Thailand at small border checkpoints in Banteay Meanchey province, and Aranh, in Thailand.

Major General Chhun Mao, the deputy commander of Military Region 5 at Banteay Meanchey told … that among the group were 33 women and five children.

They were detained for trying to cross near O’Bei Choan checkpoint in O’Chrov district; Takhleng checkpoint in Svay Chek district; Banteay Rith checkpoint in Thma Puok district and Poipet checkpoint in Poipet district.

“After testing for Covid-19 they were educated and returned across the border,” he said.

… For the last few months, Cambodian and Thai border police have cooperated to prevent citizens from trying to find work illegally in Thailand.

It has been considerably successful, officials say, but there are still some citizens who have secretly entered Thailand.

…, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng ordered governors of provinces bordering other countries to prevent citizens from crossing borders illegally while those countries were in a state of emergency to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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