A program aimed at protecting Cambodian migrants, especially women and children, in order to stop human trafficking and labour exploitation.

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Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners

MOWA- Ministry of Women Affairs

PPS - Phare Ponleu Selpak

CWCC - Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center 

International partners


Funding agencies

European Union 

Starting date

November 2013

Implementation period

36 Months

International migration among Cambodian migrants, particularly those living in provinces along the border with Thailand, is largely irregular, without proper documentation, visas or work authorizations. Migrants commonly hire local brokers to facilitate the migration process or may blindly migrate in hopes of finding work without the assistance of any informal networks. The Cambodian provinces of Banteay Meanchey, Battambang and Siem Reap are epicentres sending and receiving irregular migrants and thus face an array of challenges related to labour exploitation and human trafficking. The vast majority of Cambodian migrants – who commonly work in low-skilled manual labour jobs in the agriculture, construction or fishing sector in Thailand - fall outside the scope of protection afforded by domestic legislation, given their irregular status. Therefore, it is of most importance to enhance potential migrants’ levels of awareness concerning safe migration practices and the risks of blind or irregular migration.

The objective of the project is to promote safe labour migration in order to protect the rights of Cambodian migrants (especially women and children) and reduce their vulnerability to labour exploitation and human trafficking. The project will raise awareness about problems related to irregular migration, provide training on the efficient use of the remittances and establish saving groups and self-help groups, working with young people and women through a community-based approach to enhance social capital for human rights promotion and economic and social development.

  • Development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign Materials;
  • Capacity Building to Village Stakeholders through Training of Trainers (ToT);
  • Community-based Safe Migration Awareness Campaigns;
  • “Using the Arts to Raise Awareness on Safe Migration” Tour, an innovative strategy using the arts (theatre, music, visual arts, etc) to enhance awareness levels;
  • Post Campaign Test and Analysis to measure effectiveness;
  • Self-help groups and self-protection network for potential/actual migrants within the communities;
  • Research on Impacts of Migration and Remittances to Female-headed Households;
  • Capacity Building for Management of Remittances.
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