PUBLISHED: 30 January 2020

Code of Ethics to Protect Migrant Workers

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training has launched a code of ethics for private recruitment agencies to follow in order to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers. The 12-article Code of Ethics, developed by the Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies and the Manpower Association of Cambodia, states that all private recruitment agencies must respect national and international laws as a basis, be responsible and follow the code when recruiting, training, managing and sending migrant workers abroad to ensure their safety and the protection of their rights.

According to the ministry, about 120 private agencies have been registered in Cambodia to send migrant workers overseas, and about 1.2 million migrant workers have been sent to Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Subsequently, those workers have send about $2 billion home each year to support their families.

Phnom Penh Post, January 29, 2020