News/Cambodia: Cambodia Wants Illegal Aliens Out

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Subject: News/Cambodia: Cambodia Wants Illegal Aliens Out
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 26 1999 - 15:24:13 EDT


                   Cambodia Wants Illegal Aliens Out

   PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- The Cambodian government has offered cash
rewards for exposing illegal immigrants, part of a tough initiative to
force foreigners to obtain proper visas or leave the country.
   Illegal immigrants and their employers have until Nov. 4 to comply with
immigration laws or face punishment, under an order from the newly formed
Commission for Monitoring Foreigners.
   The government will not fine "those who voluntarily present themselves
on time to the competent authority," says the order, which was made public
Tuesday.
   Rewards of up to $100, a large sum in Cambodia, are offered to anyone
who turns in illegal immigrants after the deadline.
   More than 500 Chinese have been arrested in Phnom Penh in recent weeks
in what municipal leaders say is an effort to break up a smuggling ring
that provides Cambodian travel documents to immigrants trying to reach a
third country.
   The U.S. Embassy has pressed Cambodia to strengthen its immigration
policies, fearing that the country is becoming a major transit point for
people trying to reach the United States.


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