More than 160 Vietnamese living illegally in Cambodia have been deported back to their home country since a census of foreigners began earlier this year, according to an official in the immigration department.
Mam Srimvanna, deputy director-general of Interior Ministry’s department of general immigration, said Friday that 164 Vietnamese had been deported from the border provinces of Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, and Takeo since July 30.
The bulk of the illegal immigrants, 152 in total, were living in Svay Rieng province. A further six were found in Takeo and another six in Prey Veng.
“Besides the Vietnamese people, there were also other foreign nationals that were found staying illegally in Cambodia too,” Mr. Srimvanna. He said that more than 200 people have been deported from the country to date as part of the census.
“Right now we are still continuing the census, so that we can find any more illegal foreigners,” he said.
The census, which officials promised would be more extensive and wider-reaching than previous counts, has targeted nationals from China, India, Russia and Nigeria, who have been sent back to their home countries after being found staying illegally in Cambodia.