Number of people served in 2020: 4,096

Cambodia is a country of 16 million people. The population is mainly of Khmer ethnicity, but there are several other local ethnic groups, as well as many people of Vietnamese origin. Buddhism is the most common religion, but he country maintains a small Muslim population and an even smaller amount of Christians.

Cambodia faces a number of political problems. The country maintains a constitutional monarchy, with the longest serving Prime Minister in South East Asia, Hun Sen. Despite the diversity of Cambodia’s population, all members of the National Assembly are from a singular political party.

Cambodia is also sends millions of migrant works to neighboring countries, with 5 million Cambodian nationals currently working in Thailand.

Our Work in Cambodia

JRS Cambodia operates a welcome center in Phnom Penh, accompanying and serving urban refugees and members of the Montagnard ethnic group through social assistance and education. JRS Cambodia advocates for stateless Vietnamese people, assisting with the attainment of documents, allowing the children of this vulnerable group to attend school and gain perspective on sustainable futures.

In Siem Reap, JRS works with children of migrant workers, who have been forced to leave their families behind in search of economic opportunities in Thailand. JRS Cambodia also assists those who are still suffering from the trauma of war, conflict and displacement.

JRS Cambodia publishes research on relevant issues that create refugee crises, such as poverty, war, degradation of land, and disarmament. Publications look at the issues through the eyes of the those affected, encouraging justice and reconciliation. JRS also coordinates the Metta Karuna reflection centre in Siem Reap, where visitors can come to heal and raise awareness about the struggles they face in a safe, interfaith environment. Each year, JRS Cambodia organizes a regional workshop at the centre. The theme of the 2018 workshop will be ways to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate people from mixed migration flows.

See Our Work

Vietnamese refugee in Cambodia. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Refugees in Cambodia. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, visits the JRS Cambodia team. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Reconciliation workshop in Cambodia. (Jesuit Refugee Service)


JRS Cambodia Country Director

Denise Coghlan

Project locations:

Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

Visit the JRS Cambodia Website