Cambodia sends 4,779 laborers abroad in Q1

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-5-17 18:38:08

Cambodia has dispatched 4,779 workers to Thailand, South Korea and Japan in the first three months of this year, according to a report from the Ministry of Labor on Friday.

During the January-March period this year, the country sent 4, 100 workers to Thailand, 678 workers to South Korea, and one worker to Japan, the report said.

Cambodian laborers work in industries and construction in Thailand, in the fields of manufacture, agriculture, construction and fishing in South Korea, and in small-sized industries in Japan.

Currently, about 125,000 Cambodian laborers are working legally in Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan. Those migrant workers have sent home about 200 million US dollars a year, the Ministry of Labor said.

Thailand is the largest market for Cambodian laborers with about 90,000 working legally there followed by Malaysia with more than 20,000 Cambodian workers.

However, the country stopped sending maids to Malaysia since October 2011 after reports of physical abuses, death and working as slaves.

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