Police in China said Tuesday that in the first six months of this year they arrested 2,606 Vietnamese attempting to illegally enter the country.
Most of the arrested were job seekers aged between 16 and 45, news agency Xinhua reported quoting sources from the border police in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The number was 32.6 percent up from the same period last year.
The report did not say whether the Vietnamese would be returned home immediately or held for trial.
China's economic boom in recent years has led to a labor shortage in coastal areas like Guangdong and Fujian Provinces, which have drawn around half of all illegal immigrants in China.
Many also go to harvest sugarcane in Guangxi, which accounts for 60 percent of the country's sugar output, the report said.
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