Tens of thousands of Cambodians find work in Thailand each year, while many are trafficked into the sex trade, illegal fishing, or construction jobs that pay no salary. Shooting incidents of Cambodians illegally crossing into Thailand are not uncommon.
In talks between foreign ministers last week, Thailand agreed to legalize at least some of the Cambodian workers it hosts.
“Today, we have about 250,000 laborers working illegally in Thailand,” Hor Namhong told reporters last week. The government has provided working permits to around 90,000 immigrant workers, and Cambodia has requested more time to provide identification for others, he said.
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchakul said last week he would discuss the issue with relevant Thai authorities.
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