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Forces to keep eye on migrants

The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia, 18 April 2022 - Authorities along the Cambodian-Thai border continue to maintain tight security and prevent workers from illegally crossing the border into Thailand following the Khmer New Year, as the number of workers returning from the neighbouring country begins to decrease.

In Oddar Meanchey, provincial hall spokesman Phal Lim told The Post that before the New Year, many workers had returned home to reunite with their families. Some had not returned to Thailand as they were still enjoying the festivities and may stay for another week.

He said that although not many workers were crossing the border in Oddar Meanchey province, provincial authorities continued to deploy forces and prevent illegal crossings after the Khmer New Year.

“Oddar Meanchey province does not have many illegal workers crossing the border, because the terrain is very steep – especially on the Thai side. The majority cross from Banteay Meanchey. Nonetheless, we have not withdrawn any of our troops,” he said.

Lim said that since the holiday, the number of workers returning from Thailand has decreased significantly. In the last few days, there were only 60 to 80 returning per day, while in the days and weeks leading up to the New Year the number ranged from 500 to 1,000.

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Source: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forces-keep-eye-migrants

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