Rural migration in Northwestern Cambodian uplands

In Cambodia, a silent but massive migration from rural lowland to rural upland areas was observed in the early 2000s after the win-win policy of the royal government for the Khmer Rouge’s integration. The film highlights the drivers of migration and unregulated or even illicit tenure transfer led to enormous forest lands reclamation in the Northwestern uplands for annual crops farming. It shows the process of social differentiation and the fate of migrants, the poor rice-farmers, who were struggling to occupy and secure a plot of farmed land for living. The clip contents could be summarized as below:

-Massive migration into peripheral regions

-Land access: forest lands allocation and illegal tenure right transfer

-Marginalization of the land-poor and landless

 

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