“I would definitely have been killed, so I decided to jump into the sea”.

Vun Voeun, Social Ambassador

READ STORIES OF CAMBODIAN MIGRANTS

IOM, Assessing migration patterns of Cambodian workers to Thailand

Make the voices of migrants heard – take action

Cambodian migrants have stories to tell. Stories of struggles and successes of fears and hopes for a better future. With Migra Action, their voices reach other rural communities, raising awareness on the risks of irregular migration. We take their struggles to the policy makers, advocating for the implementation of effective laws. We believe that together we can bring an end to labour exploitation and human trafficking.

SAROM and her children

Sarom’s husband left home 10 years ago and works in Thailand to provide for his family. She stayed in Cambodia to take care of her two children. “I am the oldest of five and I migrated when I was 13 years old to help my mother. Today, I want to give my children the chance of an education.” Read More

   Mrs. Sarom Ouey, Social Ambassador

Mr. Touch

Touch was sold to the captain of a fishing boat. He has seen blood on the deck. He escaped, but was caught. “They gave me two options: go back to the boat or go to jail. I chose the sea.” Read More

  Mr. Touch Thom, Social Ambassador


CHAN and the 15 villagers

Chan, his wife and 15 villagers believed a broker who promised them a job across the border with Thailand. They were sold 60 USD each to work in a factory for 2 USD /day. Few years later he had to save his daughter from Thailand. Read More

   Mr. Chan Khon, Social Ambassador


Mr. Ang

In May 2015, a broker convinced him and other villagers to work in Thailand. They took loans to pay 600 USD recruitment fee. “We were so happy about this new opportunity”. Until today, the 31 villagers are still waiting to be sent abroad. Read More

  Mr. Ang Oy, Social Ambassador


Laws & Tools

Migration Toolkit

updated information on migration policies in Cambodia for migration practitioners, research, migration toolkits and advocacy initiatives, training and awareness material

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Information For Migrants

all you need to know before you make the decision of travelling abroad for work. Find safe migration tips, examples of documents, lists of recruitment agencies and important emergency contacts

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Migration
Facts

million victims of modern slavery 2017

Source: “Global estimates of modern slavery: Forced labour and forced marriage”, ILO, Geneva, 2017

million Cambodian workers overseas. A rise of 160% 2000-2015

Source: “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Cambodia”, CDRI, OECD – April 2017

< 10%

of Cambodians emigrate through recognised and legal channels

Source: “Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development in Cambodia”, CDRI, OECD – April 2017

60 – 80 dollars the price to pay the broker to cross the border with Thailand. Can be arranged in few days

Based on individual interviews by Migra Action project Team

700 dollars cost of regular migration to Thailand. 3-6 months to complete whole migration process

“Costs and benefits of cross-country labour migration in the GMS: Cambodia country study”, Working Paper No. 47, Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Phnom Penh

In 2017, at least 1,000 Cambodian workers were deported each week from Thailand

Annual report Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Cambodians repatriated from overseas in 2017 – January 2018

 

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Ethics finally ruling recruitment processes for Cambodian migrants

Ethics finally ruling recruitment processes for Cambodian migrants

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