May 24, 2017, 11:30 AM; last updated: May 24, 2017, 11:30 AM (IST)

Cambodia deports over 1,000 illegal immigrants

Phnom Penh, May 24

Cambodia has deported 1,025 illegal foreigners, including 226 female, to their countries in 2017, an immigration official said on Wednesday.

Major General Uk Heisela, chief of the investigation department of the General Department of Immigration, said the illegal immigrants with 35 nationalities had been expelled from the country during the January-May period after they lived and worked here without passports or valid visas.

"Around 712 (or 69 per cent) of the deportees are Vietnamese," Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

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