In face of financial challenges, Cambodian migrant workers continue illegal border crossings

A border protection police battallion based in Battambang province's Kamrieng district on Tuesday raided four guesthouses where illegal Cambodian migration workers stayed before allegedly attempting illegal crossings into Thailand. Photo sourced from the battallion's Facebook page.

Battambang provincial police officials detained on Tuesday more than 100 migrant workers allegedly attempting to cross illegally into Thailand despite ongoing pandemic restrictions.

Dozens of migrant workers seized trying to cross Thai border

Longan plantations in Pailin province. Thai landowners are reportedly trying to attract Cambodian migrant workers across the border to help bring in this season's harvest. Supplied

The Pailin provincial court is questioning a man allegedly responsible for bringing 47 Cambodian migrant workers, including minors, to work in Thailand illegally. The workers were arrested by Thai authorities on Saturday morning while reportedly crossing through an unofficial checkpoint along the border.

Cambodian migrant workers return from Thailand continue to raise

Cambodian migrant workers enter a quarantine center in Banteay Meanchey province's Phnom Srok district, August 16, 2021. Supplied Photo

Cambodian migrant workers continue returning in large numbers, following the reopening of the Thai-Cambodian border late last week, with more than 1,400 returning to Banteay Meanchey alone on Sunday.

Cambodian migrant workers start coming home as border reopens

Cambodian migrant workers prepare to board a military truck to transport them from the Thai side of the border to the Cambodian side after, August 13, 2021. Supplied Photo

Migrant workers have started returning to Cambodia as Thai-Cambodian border checkpoints reopened Thursday and Friday, following a two-week shutdown to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

Challenges for migrants trapped at makeshift border camps

A group of workers arranges their home at the temporary campsite near the Thai-Cambodian border. Supplied

“The truck driver and ringleader dropped us off near a mountain and we walked from 7 pm to 11 pm to arrive at the Thai-Cambodian border,” Sreyna said.