Cambodia deports 77 illegal Vietnamese immigrants

PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian authorities on Sunday expelled 77 Vietnamese nationals to their birth country for illegally living and working in the country, a senior police official said.

“Seventy-seven Vietnamese, including a female, were sent back to their country after we found that they had lived and worked in Cambodia without passports or valid visas,” Major General Uk Heisela, chief of the General Department of Immigration (GDI)’s investigation and procedure department, told Xinhua, adding they had been arrested in recent weeks.

The Southeast Asian country expelled 3,509 illegal foreigners in 63 nationalities last year, and some 73 percent of them were Vietnamese nationals, according to the GDI,

Under the country’s immigration law, any alien living in Cambodia without valid documents such as passports, visas, or work permits are subject to deportation. PNA/Xinhua

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