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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Unstoppable worker outflow dims Cambodia's future prospects

Thailand gets tough on migrants but keeps absorbing labor needed for development

migrant worker
Cambodian workers feel underpaid in Cambodia and, increasingly, unwanted in Thailand.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- Despite Thailand's latest effort to stem the flow of migrants, workers from Cambodia continue to cross the border, as they try to flee an economy that offers little reward for their work.

The massive outflow is leaving another problem. The hollowed-out workforce back home could rob the Khmer economy of the productivity it needs to keep growing over the long term.

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