The figure is forecast to drop sharply this year due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The World Bank has also predicted that global remittances this year will slump by about 20 percent, with East Asia and Pacific down 13 percent because of falling capital inflows from the US - its largest source of remittances.

Vietnam was the third largest recipient of remittances in East Asia and the Pacific last year, so the country will certainly be affected, experts said./.