Migration and Development Brief

Migration and Development Brief 19

Officially recorded remittance flows to developing countries are estimated to reach $406 billion in 2012, a growth of 6.5 percent over the previous year. These flows are expected to rise 8% in 2013 and 10% in 2014 to reach $534 billion in 2015.Remittance costs are still too high, averaging 7.5% in top 20 remittance corridors; the worldwide average cost is about 9%.US Remittance Transfer Rule, to be implemented in February 2013, will increase transparency for consumers and thereby market competition.

Dilip Ratha, Gemechu Ayana Aga, Ani Silwal