Publication: Migrant Labor Remittances in Africa : Reducing Obstacles to Developmental Contributions
Mainbo, Samuel Munzele
Migrants have received heightened international recognition from the development community in recent times. New World Bank estimates on the volume of remittances show that documented remittance flows continue to increase at a rapid rate, putting global annual flows at US$88 billion for 2002 (revised up from earlier estimates of US$80 billion reported in the 2003 World Bank Global Development Report) and projecting $90 billion for 2003, based on trends in the first half of the year. Actual figures are generally accepted to be much higher. This means that remittance flows constitute the largest source of financial flows to developing countries after Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and indeed in many countries exceed FDI flows.
“Sander, Cersten; Mainbo, Samuel Munzele. 2005. Migrant Labor Remittances in Africa : Reducing Obstacles to Developmental Contributions. Africa Region Findings & Good Practice Infobriefs; No. 247. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/e3d78802-9561-548d-b470-a72b768beebd License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”