​Cambodia starts issuing residency cards to ethnic Vietnamese

The Cambodian government is set to open a path to citizenship for roughly 70,000 ethnic Vietnamese people living in Cambodia. The plan was announced during the year-end meeting of the Immigration Department under Cambodia’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday, the Phnom Penh Post reported. At the gathering, immigration chief Sok Phal said the system would be similar to the green cards afforded to immigrants in countries like the United States or Canada. “Not everybody will be recognized,” Nouv Leakhena, deputy head of the immigration department, said. “When they apply, we have to check them. But most of them, I think they can.” Nguyen Viet Dat, vice-president of the Vietnamese-Cambodian association in Pursat Province, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper he was in charge of guiding ethnic Vietnamese to register for their residency cards. “Some of the people here have already been issued with the documentation,” Dat continued. This green card will be replaced with a yellow one after two years, he stated, adding that a pink card will be issued after another two years. A family of ethnic Vietnamese living Cambodia. Photo: Tuoi Tre In accordance with Cambodian laws, ethnic Vietnamese who get residency cards may apply for citizenship after seven years, Dat elaborated. Lo Min, a Vietnamese man who lives near the Tonlé Sap in Siem Reap Province, was showing his residency card with joy. “My family and many other Vietnamese people have lived here for a very long time. Our only wish is to settle with a stable life in… [Read full story]


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