PHNOM PENH, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s migrant workers to Malaysia and Thailand increased two folds in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, according the figures released Tuesday by the Cambodia Recruitment Agency (CRA), which is exclusively authorized by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training to send laborers to foreign countries.
The figures showed that Cambodia has sent 5,776 legal workers ( 3,543 female and 2,233 male) to Malaysia from January to June this year, up two folds from only 1,925 in the first half of 2009. In Malaysia, female workers are employed as maids and shop assistants, while male workers for working in manufacturing industry.
Meanwhile, Cambodia has also sent 2,409 laborers (1,124 female and 1,285 male) to Thailand in the first six months of this year, up two folds from only 803 workers in the same period last year, according to the CRA’s report. Most of them are working in factories and tourism industry.
Officials said that the increase of migrant workers to Malaysia was because of the high demand for house keeping as Indonesia stopped sending their workers into the market concerning about poor labor condition.
“Our workers in house keeping sharply increased because our workers have worked very well and the demand of labor forces in Malaysia is on the rise,” An Bun Hak, president of CRA, said Tuesday.
“For Thailand, the increase because some illegal Cambodian laborers working in Thailand have returned to Cambodia last year during the crisis to fill up for legal status and go back to work in Thailand legally,” he added.
Source: according xinhuanet.com