US and Cambodia Agree Continue Deportation Agreement

The United States negotiates an agreement to resume deportation of Cambodians who came to the United States as refugees through a controversial program.

Agreement between the two governments governing the return of hundreds of Cambodians from the US since 2002, failed last year when
Cambodia ceased receiving returning citizens.

US officials responded by rejecting visa applications by Foreign Ministry officials in September 2017. But Friday (9/2), Cambodian officials received from the United States in return for the withdrawal of the visa ban.

The issue was discussed during a meeting between Cambodian Home Minister Sar Kheng and US Deputy Secretary of State Carl C. Risch in Phnom Penh. Phat Phanith, director of the Department of International Relations, said the two agreed to resume the agreement.

"Samdech [Sar Kheng] also requested that the US government increase financial support to Cambodians returning home so they can start a new life better and successful integration into the Cambodian society. "

Previously, the refugees were repatriated to a country of origin that they had never lived without government assistance, resulting in some non-governmental organizations having to struggle to provide basic assistance. [vm/ii]

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