Migration and Development Brief

Migration and Development Brief 31

Remittances to low- and middle-income countries reached a record high in 2018, according to the World Bank’s latest Migration and Development Brief. The Bank estimates that officially recorded annual remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries reached $529 billion in 2018, an increase of 9.6 percent over the previous record high of $483 billion in 2017. Global remittances, which include flows to high-income countries, reached $689 billion in 2018, up from $633 billion in 2017.

Report Chapters and Remittance Inflows and Outflows Data


  1. Global Remittance Flows and Migration-Related Sustainable Development Goals
    1. Remittances Accelerated in 2018
    2. Outlook for Remittances, 2019–20
    3. Recent Progress toward Migration-Related SDGs
  2. Migration
    1. Migration and Employment Trends in Major Host Countries
    2. Refugee Movements and Forced Displacements
    3. Global Compact on Migration and the UN Network on Migration
    4. Next Phase of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) Launched
  3. Regional Trends in Migration and Remittance Flows
    1. Remittances to East Asia and the Pacific Held Steady in 2018
    2. Remittances to Europe and Central Asia Continued to Grow Rapidly in 2018
    3. Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean Continued to Rise
    4. Remittances to the Middle East and North Africa Remained Robust in 2018
    5. Remittances to South Asia Grew in 2018
    6. Remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa Continued to Accelerate in 2018