Cambodian-American Refugees

I know that the past is a sad one for the Khmer people of Cambodia and they have seen and experienced horrible things.  Many of the survivors were brought to America and many have gotten into some kind of trouble with American law resulting in deportation back to Cambodia. 

Does anyone know someone who was deported back to Cambodia from another country and how well off are they seeing as many do not speak the native tongue as they were just babies when they came to America and learned the western ways?

What cities are they settling into?  Do they have families follow them or do they separate for life?

I am curious as I fell in love with a Cambodian Refugee and my heart bleeds at the thought of losing him.  I want reassurance our life together will be ok when we arrive in this foreign land.

Any insights are welcomed.  Please, no negative comments on this fragile situation as it is hard enough to deal with as it is.

I understand you and him will relocate into Cambodia? Or is it a maybe?

Anyway, concentrate on your own situation, even other people in the same situation will probably have different experiences or things that happened.

I cannot say this enough: BE PREPARED!
You don't go on a holiday with a return ticket in your pocket. You go for longtime. So do your homework, get info about the country, the culture, the present situation.
Prepare paperwork such as a new passport, copies of birth certificate, driver's license and so on, better do that paperwork in your own country than later through embassies.

Unfortunately money rules. If you have sufficient funds there won't be any problem to survive here. If you can teach English you can always find a job, specially in Phnom Penh. Plan your finances. Cambodia is very cheap in most (not all) areas. so the money needed to live is far less than you are used in any western country.

I don't know any US/Cambodian refugees that came back, but as I said it is your situation and if you prepare well you won't have any problems.

Good luck!

Interesting topic which that was suffered situation for Cambodian, becuase had prolong civil war and Cambodian mirgranted to America and others.
At moment, Cambodia got peaceful as well, we welcome to you all, make safe life and good chance to create new life here. Of course, living is cheap here for you, if compare to the States.
For Cambodian refegeers who deported from America, I knowed 2 persons and they are my close friend but i lost one without talking for long. I used to know them at Kep city costal side of Cambodia. Their life is bit diferent from the States, for eating, living, culture...

I certainly can't offer any advice per se, as I myself am merely an aspiring immigrant preparing to move from N.C., to Phnom Penh. I do have a question. Does your husband have ANY family in Cambodia? He would almost have to, right? I would certainly seek out any relatives that he may have there. Also, speaking for myself, I feel that as an American, I would be more comfortable in a bigger more populated city, because there will be more of at least some of the things that we are accustomed to. That is my thinking anyway. And one other question...When are you going? I am shooting for mid January. I wish you both the very best. I am sorry that you are being forced into this immigration. So much of what governments do is so pointless and senseless and just plain cruel and heartless. I am sure you will do just fine. Things happen for a reason and have a way of working themselves out. At least you have each other. That's what's really matter where on the planet you are. As long as you are with the one you love, you can do anything...anywhere!

Thank you for the response. 

I do have my passport and all my paperwork in order.  The only thing I am still working out is the pets/jobs situation.  I will have enough money to settle in a few different areas before choosing one to call home.  Maybe make a small trip first then settle or wait for my husband to settle first.  Definitely some big decisions.

I absolutely LOVE the food from Cambodia as his family lives in America and cooks it on the daily.  It did take a few years to accept the pallet, but I wouldn't change it for the world as fish and rice are my life.  He will more than likely never see his parents ever again once he is deported as they are super old and would never want to go back to the nightmare they fled, even knowing it is more stable now.  I do not know that he has any family as they were on the hit list and many were murdered while they were running through the rice fields for their life.  He has scars on his face from the journey.  His sister witnessed more as she was 10 years old when it happened.  The stories she has told me are worse than any horror movie.  My husband was just a baby being held on to for dear life.  he may have been born in a Thai Refugee camp.  He has no known birth certificate. What we consider to be a stateless person in America.

I am not sure when we plan to move as this is all speculation and lots of research.  I know that the more I talk with others about it, the more comfortable I feel about making this trip.  I have never left America, but have always had a mysterious calling for adventure. 

I would be interested in learning the language prior to coming so I have the basics down.  I know some language as his family speaks a very country Khmer.  I know it is country because my husband will watch TV and not understand the formal words being used. 

I believe I can learn to read and write as I have already taken many foreign language classes and picked up easy, just didn't use it enough to remember it.  Mandarin sticks the most as I love a good challenge. 

I would not be interested in teaching English... but maybe teach digital design or something more creative and technical.  Is there a place to do that? Maybe the capital would be the best choice.  And if I go here I would want a home with AC/big yard for my dogs and 3 BR would be ideal.  Any advice on neighborhoods in this area that would suit these needs. 

One last thing is that we do have a daughter together who is 6years old.  So child care scares me to death (until I make the right friends who are proven trustworthy). I would possibly home school or find a nice school that would be accommodating for her.

Thanks for all the help.
Jennifer <3

There's a growing community of returnees here in Phnom Penh and also in Battambang. Their success is all circumstantial and down to personal decisions to be honest. Some are doing really well and have successful careers. It's a difficult start because they aren't offered any help from the Cambodian side on arrival, in fact immigration often take any cash they are carrying on them. But over the years there's a group oh Khmericans who have started a kind of organisation to make the transition easier for new arrivals.

That's really great information. Thanks for taking time to let me know.

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