It happens regularly that members of indigenous groups from Vietnam cross the border to Cambodia as refugees, because they are persecuted. I never heard of people leaving to Vietnam for the same reason and take this to indicate that indigenous peoples are treated better in Cambodia.
UNHCR office in Cambodia called on to help Vietnamese minority
Dozens of Vietnamese ethnic minority Montagnards, who fled to Cambodia, are seeking help from the United Nations refugee agency in Phnom Penh.
A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman says that more than 40 Montagnards have arrived in Phnom Penh, seeking help from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Three years ago some 1,000 Montagnards fled to Cambodia after Vietnamese security forces put down anti-government demonstrations, sparked when their land was confiscated and given to ethnic Vienamese.
Both Cambodia and Vietnam have since taken strong measures to restrict movement and resettlement by the Montagnards.
08/04/2004 22:53:21 | ABC Radio Australia News