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Security forces appear to be deporting Cambodian migrants in what activists say is a well coordinated campaign.
Last updated: 20 Jun 2014 12:42
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More than 100,000 Cambodian migrant workers have returned from Thailand over the last two weeks following the May 22 military coup. Some have been deported by the Thai military, in what appears to be well-coordinated raids.

The Thai military denies a policy of deportation. Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee, termed claims of mass deportations, or plans to expel Cambodians as "groundless" and "rumours".

Cambodians generally work in low-paid occupations in Thailand, with the aim of sending money home to their families.

Political unrest caused Thailand's economy to contract in the last quarter, meaning businesses could be less reliant on migrant labourers than during previous years. As rumours swirl about violent attacks targeting foreign migrants, it remains unclear for how long the exodus will continue. 


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More than 100,000 Cambodians have left Thailand over the past two weeks. 



/Antonio Zambardino/Al Jazeera

Rumours have spread of violence against Cambodian workers.



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Migrants wait at a police station near the Thai border before going back to Cambodia. 



/Antonio Zambardino/Al Jazeera

Activists estimate there were between 300,000 and 400,000 Cambodians working in Thailand before the recent exodus. 



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Cambodians board a truck at the behest of Thai police. 



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Cambodia's Interior Minister Sar Kheng said: "After the military coup in Thailand, the Thai military leaders sent illegal Cambodian migrant workers [out of the country] in a rush without informing and discussing with Cambodia." 



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Eight people have died in traffic accidents linked to the exodus of Cambodian migrants, a Cambodian government official estimated. 



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An official from Thailand's military government said it plans to crackdown on what it considers illegal immigration. 



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The International Organisation for Migration has expressed concerns about shelter, food and healthcare for the returning migrants. 



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Some migrants have complined that Thai police are demanding bribes to allow them to travel in peace. 



/Antonio Zambardino/Al Jazeera

In the past, authorities in Thailand turned a blind eye to undocumented migrants coming from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos as Thai businesses depend on their cheap labour. 



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Thai security forces accompany migrants to a police station. 



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The army, which seized power in Thailand on May 22, has denied that a crackdown on illegal workers is taking place.



/Antonio Zambardino/Al Jazeera

Thailand's military coup follows years of political divisions between royalist establishment and the family of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.



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The last six months of political turmoil has lead to an economic contraction in Thailand. 




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More than 100,000 Cambodians have left Thailand over the past two weeks. 

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Rumours have spread of violence against Cambodian workers.

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Migrants wait at a police station near the Thai border before going back to Cambodia. 

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Activists estimate there were between 300,000 and 400,000 Cambodians working in Thailand before the recent exodus. 

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Cambodians board a truck at the behest of Thai police. 

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Cambodia(***)s Interior Minister Sar Kheng said: "After the military coup in Thailand, the Thai military leaders sent illegal Cambodian migrant workers [out of the country] in a rush without informing and discussing with Cambodia." 

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Eight people have died in traffic accidents linked to the exodus of Cambodian migrants, a Cambodian government official estimated. 

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An official from Thailand(***)s military government said it plans to crackdown on what it considers illegal immigration. 

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The International Organisation for Migration has expressed concerns about shelter, food and healthcare for the returning migrants. 

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Some migrants have complined that Thai police are demanding bribes to allow them to travel in peace. 

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In the past, authorities in Thailand turned a blind eye to undocumented migrants coming from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos as Thai businesses depend on their cheap labour. 

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Thai security forces accompany migrants to a police station. 

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The army, which seized power in Thailand on May 22, has denied that a crackdown on illegal workers is taking place.

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Thailand(***)s military coup follows years of political divisions between royalist establishment and the family of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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The last six months of political turmoil has lead to an economic contraction in Thailand. 

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Truck load of Cambodians heading to the border with Cambodia.

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Truck load of Cambodians heading to the border with Cambodia.

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There are rumors of violence against the workers and the real reasons behind the exodus are still unclear.

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There are rumors of violence against the workers and the real reasons behind the exodus are still unclear.

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Cambodians wait in a police station. On June 18 about a thousand cambodians have arrived in Poipet and went back to Cambodia.

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Cambodians wait in a police station. On June 18 about a thousand cambodians have arrived in Poipet and went back to Cambodia.

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Cambodians wait in a police station.

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Cambodians wait in a police station.

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Cambodians are loaded in truck in front of a police station.

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Cambodians are loaded in truck in front of a police station.

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Cambodians are loaded in truck in front of a police station.

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Cambodians are loaded in truck in front of a police station.

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Truck load of Cambodians heading to the police station.

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Truck load of Cambodians heading to the police station.

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Some 188,000 Cambodians have crossed the border since The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) warned that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation.

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Some 188,000 Cambodians have crossed the border since The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) warned that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation.

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Cambodians arrive at the train station on their way out of Thailand.

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Cambodians arrive at the train station on their way out of Thailand.

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Police and army take the Cambodians from the train station to the police station.

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Police and army take the Cambodians from the train station to the police station.

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In the past illegal laborers from countries including Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos entered Thailand under the authority's blind eye because they were needed.

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In the past illegal laborers from countries including Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos entered Thailand under the authority's blind eye because they were needed.

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Police and army take the Cambodians from the train station to the police station.

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Police and army take the Cambodians from the train station to the police station.

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The army, which seized power in Thailand on May 22nd, has denied that a crackdown on illegal workers is taking place.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodians_deportation/slideshow/no-caption/09b3c64f7ba80830dbbe0a571e3a3748Antonio Zambardino/Al Jazeera

The army, which seized power in Thailand on May 22nd, has denied that a crackdown on illegal workers is taking place.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodians_deportation/slideshow/no-caption/e997986f61864bd04c37118ffabc96f1

The Bangkok shut down and the military coup follows years of political divisions between royalist establishment and the family of Thaksin Shinawatra.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodians_deportation/slideshow/no-caption/e997986f61864bd04c37118ffabc96f1Antonio Zambardino/Al Jazeera

The Bangkok shut down and the military coup follows years of political divisions between royalist establishment and the family of Thaksin Shinawatra.

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The last 6 months of political turmoil made the country's economy contract 2.1 percent quarter on quarter in the first three months of 2014.

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The last 6 months of political turmoil made the country's economy contract 2.1 percent quarter on quarter in the first three months of 2014.



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