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Migrant Exodus…

Over the past week, and following the military coup in Thailand, nearly 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers have come back to their home country. It seems a series of crackdowns by the Thai immigration on illegal immigrants, combined with as of yet unfounded rumors of Cambodians having been killed by the Thai authorities, has triggered a feeling of insecurity among the Cambodian community in Thailand, sufficient to make them head back to their village. All of them…

For many it is back to square one: having left because migrating to Thailand is the only solution to provide some revenue to the family, the returnees now find themselves facing the same issue of unemployment in a country which should seriously question its ability to provide jobs for its citizens.

The Cambodian authorities and a couple of NGO’s (the U.N.’s I.O.M., Samaritan’s Purse) have spared no effort to alleviate the immediate pressure on the border town of Poipet by that many returnees going home in such a short period of time, providing medical assistance, army trucks to bring back the migrants to their home provinces, and distributing food upon their arrival.

The crisis at the border was rather well managed. The government now will have to address the core of the problem: unemployment.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker having crossed the border the previous day and having missed transportation to their home province spent the night in a shelter provided by the authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker having crossed the border the previous day and having missed transportation to their home province spent the night in a shelter provided by the authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker having crossed the border the previous day and having missed transportation to their home province spent the night in a shelter provided by the authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker having crossed the border the previous day and having missed transportation to their home province spent the night in a shelter provided by the authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker having crossed the border the previous day and having missed transportation to their home province spent the night in a shelter provided by the authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker having crossed the border the previous day and having missed transportation to their home province spent the night in a shelter provided by the authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Peddler preparing breakfast for customers before the opening of the border gates. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Peddler preparing breakfast for customers before the opening of the border gates. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Woman aboard an army truck destined for Kampot. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Woman aboard an army truck destined for Kampot. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Peddlers waiting for the border gates to open. They have a special daily permit, unlike the hundreds of thousands of Cambodians working in Thailand. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Peddlers waiting for the border gates to open. They have a special daily permit, unlike the hundreds of thousands of Cambodians working in Thailand. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Asian tourists pass in front of a truck from the Thai immigration returning illegal immigrants to Cambodia. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Asian tourists pass in front of a truck from the Thai immigration returning illegal immigrants to Cambodia. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Truck from the Thai immigration returning illegal immigrants to Cambodia. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Truck from the Thai immigration returning illegal immigrants to Cambodia. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian waiting to have is ID photocopied to obtain legal documents to enter Thailand. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian waiting to have is ID photocopied to obtain legal documents to enter Thailand. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrants being sent back to their home country in a truck from the Thai immigration authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrants being sent back to their home country in a truck from the Thai immigration authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just disembarked from trucks provided by the Thai authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just disembarked from trucks provided by the Thai authorities. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Schoolchildren try to clean up the garbage left by the thousands of Cambodian migrant workers who crossed the border. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Schoolchildren try to clean up the garbage left by the thousands of Cambodian migrant workers who crossed the border. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker in a Thai truck records her arrival in Cambodia on her Kitty smartphone. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrant worker in a Thai truck records her arrival in Cambodia on her Kitty smartphone. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Volunteers carry signs with the various destinations of the trucks provided by the army for the migrant workers upon their arrival in Cambodia. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Volunteers carry signs with the various destinations of the trucks provided by the army for the migrant workers upon their arrival in Cambodia. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers on a truck provided by the Thai authorities arrives at its final destination. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers on a truck provided by the Thai authorities arrives at its final destination. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a bus provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a bus provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers in a bus and a truck provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers in a bus and a truck provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a bus provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a bus provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Soldier directing buses provided by the Thai authorities carrying Cambodian migrants to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Soldier directing buses provided by the Thai authorities carrying Cambodian migrants to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Soldiers helping Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a truck provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Soldiers helping Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a truck provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a truck provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Cambodian migrant workers disembark from a truck provided by the Thai authorities to bring them back to their home country. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand inside the trucks provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand aboard a truck provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

CAMBODIA, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey). 17/06/2014: Migrants who just arrived from Thailand aboard a truck provided by the Cambodian army which will bring them back to their home province. In a massive movement of fear, some 180.000 cambodian migrant workers, many of them illegal, return home in one week time after the military coup in Thailand which vowed to normalise the situation of illegal immigration.

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