There were about 1.8 million documented and undocumented migrant workers working overseas in the first six months of this year, an increase of nearly 20,000 when compared to the same period last year, according to the National Committee for Counter Trafficking.
The NCCT noted in a report issued last week that 1,836,666 workers were working abroad during the first six months of the year, an increase of 19,853 when compared to the same period last year.
It said that 1,039,797 were documented workers, while 796,869 lacked legal documents. The migrants were working in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
It noted that recruitment agencies tasked with sending workers abroad by the Labour Ministry sent 28,992 workers abroad during the time frame, including 964 to Japan, 138 to Singapore, 41 to Hong Kong, three to Saudi Arabia, 3,328 to South Korea and 25,518 to Thailand.