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Cambodian Refugees Struggle in Vietnam

A senior U.S. official Thursday urges the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments to solve the recurring problems faced by over 10,000 Khmer immigrants living in Vietnam.

Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey, speaking in Cambodia, said that “we really need to create a condition in Vietnam’s Central Highland that allow people to make a living there”.

The Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration made the comment at a press conference today while on her four-day visit in Cambodia, to talk about human trafficking and refugee problems.

The number of Cambodian refugees living in Vietnam is unknown, but Sauerbrey’s visit indicates that the Vietnamese government is not doing enough to provide assistance to these displaced people.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith refutes the Assistance Secretary of State’s statement, saying that the [Cambodian] government has always tried to solve problems faced by Khmer natives living abroad.