Migration and Development Brief

Migration and Development Brief 34

Resilience: COVID-19 Crisis Through A Migration Lens Despite COVID-19, remittance flows remained resilient in 2020, registering a smaller decline than previously projected. Officially recorded remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries reached $540 billion in 2020, just 1.6 percent below the 2019 total of $548 billion.

Report Chapters and Remittance Inflows and Outflows Data


  1. Remittance Flows Proved to Be Resilient in 2020.
  2. Outlook for 2021-22
  3. Policy Issues
  4. Regional trends in Migration and Remittance Flows
    1. Remittances to East Asia and the Pacific declined in 2020
    2. Remittances to Europe and Central Asia Fell Sharply in 2020 amid the Consequences of the Coronavirus and Lower Oil Prices
    3. Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean Were Resilient in 2020 and Are Expected to Continue Their Positive Growth in 2021
    4. Remittances to the Middle East and North Africa continued to rise in 2020
    5. Remittances to South Asia Unexpectedly Grew in 2020
    6. Remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa Declined in 2020.