Cambodian Migrant Workers Dream of Opportunities at Home

Most migrant workers will be unemployed on their return to their home country because of a lack of job opportunities and programs to get people back into work.

For Phorn Yen, leaving Cambodia was not really a choice.

Like so many of their compatriots, Yen and his wife left behind their children and hometown in Poipet to find a job in neighboring Thailand as the price of goods and services in Cambodia rapidly outpaced wages.

Yen wanted to save enough money to buy a modest home for his family, costing about $10,000 — a vast sum considering the average annual household income when the family left in 2013 was about $850.

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