Some 120,000 Chinese Nationals Depart Cambodia Following Ban on Online Gambling

At least 6,000 Chinese nationals have left Cambodia each day for a total of around 120,000 departures since the announcement of a ban on online gambling two weeks ago, according to the country’s Interior Ministry, who said the exodus is likely linked to the new measure.

While Chinese tourists and investors continue to flock to Cambodia at a rate of around 5,000 daily, the Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration spokesman Ath Bony told RFA’s Khmer Service, at least 6,000 have left Cambodia every day since Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the ban on Aug. 18, saying the online gambling industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money.

“So far, the numbers of those leaving and coming are mostly similar, with the departures slightly more than arrivals,” Ath Bony said Wednesday.

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