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Remittances – A Bridge between Migration and Development?

Remittance refers to the portion of migrant income that, in the form of either funds or goods, flows back into the country of origin, primarily to support families back home. The greater share of these largely monetary flows benefits developing countries. The goal of this policy brief is the critical examination of remittances as a link between the migration and development debates. It begins with an account of the procedures and motives for such transfers as well as an overview of current trends and figures. It then addresses the importance of remittances with respect to poverty reduction, income distribution, spending habits, education, health, investment and growth as well as the national balance of payments in developing countries. Finally, the conclusion addresses the question of whether migration and the resulting flow of funds could evolve into a springboard for development in these countries. (Published 9/2006)

   
Kunden stehen im Januar 2010 Schlange in einem Geldtransferbüro im Stadtviertel "Little Haiti" in Miami.

Stefanie Hertlein, Florin Vadean

Introduction

For decades the migration debate has focused on the impact of immigration on destination countries. Very recently attention has increasingly turned to the situation in the countries of origin with a focus on the interplay between migration and development. Weiter...

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What does the term remittance mean?

Remittance refers to the portion of migrant income that, in the form of either funds or goods, flows back into the country of origin, primarily to support families back home. The greater share of these monetary flows benefits developing countries. Weiter...

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Figures and trends

Along with foreign direct investments, remittances represent the most significant flow of capital into developing countries. According to figures recently published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), remittances totalling US$172 billion flowed into developing countries in 2004. Weiter...

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Effect of remittances on poverty, income distribution and growth

Unlike public development cooperation and foreign direct investment, remittances have grown steadily in recent decades and today serve as an important source of revenue in countless households. Does financial support from migrants represent a step toward solving the problem? Weiter...

Stefanie Hertlein, Florin Vadean

Conclusion and future developments

As globalisation advances, it seems likely that migration flows and the resulting monetary flows to migrants' countries of origin will continue to increase. This trend should provide an impetus to examine the issue of migrants' remittances closely. Weiter...

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References and Further Reading

Here you can find a list of references as well as further reading for the Policy Brief "Remittances - A Bridge between Migration and Development?" by Stefanie Hertlein and Florin Vadean. Weiter...

 

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