Cambodian Migrants Leave Thailand

More than 120,000 Cambodian migrants are reported to have left Thailand in the past week amidst fears of a crackdown from the Thai military.

Estimates suggest that more than 2 million migrant workers from Cambodia and neighbouring countries are working in Thailand, mostly in agriculture, construction and service industries. Many do not have official work permits.

The border crossing between Aranyapathet in Thailand and Poipet in Cambodia is four hours from Bangkok by road. Migrants have been arriving by bus, truck and train, where they are assisted by Thai officials and Human Rights organisations.

The International Organization for Migration is one of the NGOs which have been providing aid and transport to those crossing the border (http://bit.ly/1l0hCr6).

The Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry have denied claims that Cambodian migrants have been threatened or mistreated (http://bit.ly/1na5u3B). 

I travelled to Arantapathet at the Thai/Cambodian border yesterday to photograph some of the Cambodian migrants as they arrived in the town and before they crossed the border back to their homes in Cambodia.