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The Migration and Remittances Factbook 2008


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    This fact book for 2008 attempts to present numbers and facts behind the stories of international migration and remittances, drawing on authoritative, publicly available data. It provides a snapshot of statistics on immigration, emigration, skilled emigration, and remittance flows for 194 countries and 13 regional and income groups. The top migrant destination countries are the United States, the Russian Federation, Germany, Ukraine, and France. The top immigration countries, relative to population, are Qatar (78 percent), the United Arab Emirates (71 percent), Kuwait (62 percent), Singapore (43 percent), Israel (40 percent), and Jordan (39 percent). The authors have attempted to present the best possible data in the Fact book, drawing on authoritative sources. However, the user is advised to take note of the pitfalls of using currently available migration and remittances data. Remittance flows and the stock of migrants may be underestimated due to the use of informal remittance channels, irregular migration, and ambiguity in the definition of migrants (foreign born versus foreigner, seasonal versus permanent). Considerably more effort is needed to improve the quality of data.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 6383 and published in 2008.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-7413-9
    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:6383

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    Keywords: Health; Nutrition and Population - Population Policies Human Migrations and Resettlements Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Remittances Social Development - Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement International Economics and Trade - International Migration Communities and Human Settlements Health; Nutrition and Population;


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    1. Meyer, Wiebke, 2012. "Motives for remitting from Germany to Kosovo," Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe, Leib­niz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), Leib­niz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), volume 69, number 69.
    2. Acosta, Pablo A. & Lartey, Emmanuel K.K. & Mandelman, Federico S., 2009. "Remittances and the Dutch disease," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 79(1), pages 102-116, September.
    3. Emmanuel K. K. Lartey & Federico S. Mandelman & Pablo A. Acosta, 2012. "Remittances, Exchange Rate Regimes and the Dutch Disease: A Panel Data Analysis," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 20(2), pages 377-395, 05.
    4. Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2012. "Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific," ADB Reports, Asian Development Bank (ADB) RPT124478, Asian Development Bank (ADB), revised 18 Apr 2014.
    5. Agbola, Frank W. & Acupan, Angelito B., 2010. "An empirical analysis of international labour migration in the Philippines," Economic Systems, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 386-396, December.
    6. Fransen, Sonja & Siegel, Melissa, 2011. "The Development of Diaspora Engagement Policies in Burundi and Rwanda," MERIT Working Papers, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) 038, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    7. Nguyen, Cuong & van den Berg, Marrit & Lensink, Robert, 2009. "The Impact of International Remittances on Income, Work Efforts, Poverty and Inequality: Evidence from Vietnam," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 50313, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Kenneth E Jackson, 2011. "Openness, Economic Growth and Labour Migration in times of Global Downturn: with Special Reference to Asian Examples," Working Papers, eSocialSciences id:4488, eSocialSciences.
    9. Hulya Ulku, 2010. "Remitting Behaviour of Turkish Migrants: Evidence from Household Data in Germany," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series, BWPI, The University of Manchester 11510, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    10. Marzovilla, Olga, 2010. "The impact of global economic imbalance on migrant workers and economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 29466, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    11. Kalaj, Ermira Hoxha, 2010. "Are Remittances Spent in a Healthy Way? Evidence from Albania," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 49172, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Bollard, Albert & McKenzie, David & Morten, Melanie & Rapoport, Hillel, 2009. "Remittances and the brain drain revisited : the microdata show that more educated migrants remit more," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 5113, The World Bank.
    13. Meyer, Wiebke & Mollers, Judith & Buchenrieder, Gertrud, 2012. "A behavioural approach to remittances analysis," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, International Association of Agricultural Economists 126428, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    14. Laetitia Duval & Francois-Charles Wolff�, 2010. "Remittances matter: longitudinal evidence from Albania," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 73-97.
    15. Eliana Jimenez & Ignacio Correa-Valez & Richard P.C. Brown, 2008. "Wealthy and Healthy in the South Pacific," Discussion Papers Series, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia 378, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    16. Maksim Yemelyanau, 2009. "Inequality in Belarus from 1995 to 2007," BEROC Working Paper Series, Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC) 01, Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC).
    17. Chinmay, Tumbe, 2011. "Remittances in India: Facts and Issues," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 29983, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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