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Global Remittances Guide

Global Remittances Guide

Remittances are among the most tangible links between migration and development. According to World Bank projections, international migrants are expected to remit more than $550 billion in earnings in 2013, of which $414 billion will flow to developing countries. In 24 countries, remittances were equal to more than 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011; in nine countries they were equal to more than 20 percent of GDP.

Select one of the maps below to visualize global remittance flows in 2012, numerically or as a share of GDP. Learn about remittance trends since 1970 and the relationships between remittance-sending and -receiving countries. For detailed remittances profiles of the top 10 remittance-receiving countries, along with related migration and development indicators and a world overview, click here.

Note: These data only capture remittances sent through formal channels such as banks and money transfer operators. Currently, no uniform and authoritative historical data on informal flows exist. Given the widespread use of informal remittance channels, the data should be regarded as underestimates of total flows.

 
Total Remittance Inflows and Outflows
View total remittance inflows and outflows by country. Remittance volume is displayed either by current U.S. dollar value or as a share of total gross domestic product. Countries are also colored according to whether they are majority remittance-receiving or remittance-sending.
Remittance Trends over Time 
This time series shows annual remittance inflows and outflows by country from 1970 to present (either current U.S. dollar value or share of total gross domestic product). Multiple countries can be selected and compared.
Bilateral Remittance Flows
This bar chart displays the remittance flows between countries and also provides estimates of the relevant international migrant population. For example, when displaying remittance inflows, the receiving country's emigrant population in the sending country is given.

 


A full Remittances Glossary is available along with Further Readings on Migration and Development topics.

This data tool is a project of MPI's Migrants, Migration, and Development program with generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the technical assistance of Dilip Ratha and Sanket Mohapatra from the Development Prospects Group, The World Bank, and research assistance of Roberto Munster.