Tuesday, October 21, 2014   

Thailand and Cambodia agree to quash 'rumors' after worker exodus
(06-17 15:43)

Thailand and Cambodia agreed to quash ''rumors'' of a crackdown against illegal migrant workers by the new Thai junta after the exodus of nearly 180,000 Cambodian laborers.
The numbers of laborers fleeing home soared after the Thai military regime warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation.
The junta has since insisted there is no ''crackdown'' and blamed false rumors for the exodus.
The International Organization for Migration has previous estimated that around 180,000 undocumented Cambodian workers live in Thailand, so it is unclear exactly how many still remain.
Migrants from neighboring Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar play a key role in Thai industries such as seafood, agriculture and construction, but often lack work permits.--AFP

   
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