Bali: The Philippines is the latest in a string of countries to see a surge in the number of illegal migrants seeking to enter the country.
The Philippines, which is home to 1.3 million migrants, has been hit by an influx of migrants in recent months as people from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka attempt to reach the region.
The number of migrants reaching the Philippines jumped by nearly 300 per cent in the first half of this year to nearly 7,000, according to official figures from the Immigration Department.
In the first six months of this month, nearly 9,000 migrants arrived at Bali’s airport, up from 6,000 the previous month, the immigration department said.
A spokesperson for the Philippines Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DICE) said they had received 1,898 asylum applications for the first three months of the year, up by 9 per cent from the same period last year.
It was a similar story in the country’s capital, Jakarta, with the number being up to 9,200 during the first quarter of the month, up 9 per-cent on the same quarter last year, according DICE data.
The surge in migrants in the capital comes as Indonesia’s central government is trying to combat a surge of people smuggling across its border, as well as a rising tide of crime.
Authorities have said the surge in migration is partly caused by a rise in the demand for illegal drugs and drugs trafficking, with migrants seeking work in the lucrative tourism industry.
The increase in the numbers of migrants crossing the Indonesian border has led to calls for Jakarta to introduce border controls and restrictions.
Indonesia has stepped up security measures since September, when the government said more than 20,000 people had crossed into the country illegally since last August.
Last month, Jakarta detained dozens of suspected smugglers and traffickers, but said it would allow only limited travel into the Philippines, to monitor the situation.
The latest surge in migrant arrivals comes amid a wave of unrest and violence in the Southeast Asian nation, which saw thousands of people die in violent clashes with police.
In September, the Philippines suffered its deadliest civil war since independence from Britain in 1946, with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration blaming a separatist group for the violence.
Thousands of people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced, according the United Nations.
The violence has caused widespread poverty and brought the region to the brink of famine.