Police to Deport 85 Vietnamese Construction Workers

Police raided the construction site of a Vietnamese-owned bank in Phnom Penh on Tuesday afternoon, arresting 85 Vietnamese laborers found to be working in the country illegally, according to an official, who said the group would be deported.

Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said police initially rounded up all of the workers at the building site for a Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam branch in Chbar Ampov district on Tuesday afternoon.

“First we arrested all 109 workers—but after checking, we found 18 had legal passports and 6 workers were Kampuchea Krom,” Major General Heisela said.

“We left them, and took all remaining workers to the general department of immigration,” he added, referring to the 85 Vietnamese workers without proper documentation. “We are now preparing their documents and plan to send them back to their country.”

Maj. Gen. Heisela said police had arrested and deported 28 illegal workers from the same construction site in January. Police have arrested 1,372 illegal workers in Cambodia this year—of which almost 80 percent are Vietnamese, he added.

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