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Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Migration and Remittances


  • Mohapatra, Sanket

    () (World Bank)

  • Ratha, Dilip

    () (World Bank)


Remittances to developing countries are estimated to have declined by 6.1 percent in 2009 as a result of weak job markets in major destination countries. Although new migration has fallen, it is still positive. The stock of international migrants, therefore, has continued to grow and remittances have remained resilient. Going forward, remittance flows to Latin America are expected to recover, whereas those to East Asia and South Asia are likely to slow. Policy responses should involve efforts to facilitate migration and remittances to make these flows cheaper, safer, and more productive for both the sending and the receiving countries.

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  • Mohapatra, Sanket & Ratha, Dilip, 2010. "Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Migration and Remittances," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 2, pages 1-8, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep2

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    2. Dilip Ratha & Sanket Mohapatra & Ani Silwal, 2009. "Migration and Remittance Trends 2009 : A Better-Than-Expected Outcome So Far, But Significant Risks Ahead," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10958, The World Bank.
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    3. Weist, Dana & Togo, Eriko & Prasad, Abha, 2010. "Crisis preparedness and debt management in low income countries : strengthening institutions and policy frameworks," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5372, The World Bank.
    4. Stuart Rosewarne, 2013. " Immigration and the Financial Crisis: The United States and Australia Compared . Edited by John Higley , John Nieuwenhuysen , and Stine Neerup , Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar . 2011 . 240 pp. RRP $69," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44(3), pages 550-553, September.

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    remittances; labor; developing countries; development; migration; migrants; financial crisis; Latin America; East Asia; South Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers


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