As many as 37,000 Cambodian migrants left Thailand on Friday and another 6,000 tried to leave Saturday morning, bringing the total to 70,000 over seven days, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Asia Pacific.
Cambodian migrants wait to cross the border in Aranyaprathet. The line was reportedly 5km long inside the Thai border as of 3.30pm on Saturday, according to IOM. (Photos by IOM/Joe Lowry)
The foreign workers are taking flight for fear of being arrested by Thai authorities following rumours that the military is preparing to launch a massive crackdown on illegal migrants, according to local media.