Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to quash "rumours" of a crackdown against illegal migrant workers by the new Thai junta after the exodus of nearly 180,000 Cambodian labourers.

The numbers of labourers fleeing home soared after the Thai military regime warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation. The junta has since insisted there is no “crackdown” and blamed false rumours for the exodus. The International Organisation for Migration has previously estimated that around 180,000…