‘Tigers or crocodiles’: Grim prospects for Cambodian migrants at home and in Thailand

For the past two weeks, Cambodian migrant Mony Sunret has been hanging around an electrical workshop in the Thai province of Rayong, hoping to pick up odd jobs and save enough money to make a covert exit from Thailand.

Sunret, who recently returned to Thailand after leaving due to coronavirus restrictions last March, decided to flee once again when he found out his work permit was fake – putting him at risk from a government crackdown on undocumented workers.

“It’s like the old Khmer proverb: turn left, face a tiger; turn right, face a crocodile,” Sunret, 49, said of his year-long back and forth across the border.

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