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Migration and Remittances News, March 7, 2014

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Rich China's clean air migration
The term environmental refugee has taken on new meaning in China as wealthy residents of heavily polluted urban centers look to remote locales for respite from debilitating air pollution engulfing the region. As rural migrants continue to flock to cities in search of work, those who have made their fortune are looking elsewhere for clean food, water and air.

Bulgaria sees energy, migration risks from Ukraine crisis
The Bulgarian government said on March 4 that it was setting up a national staff to monitor the situation in Ukraine and take steps to minimize risks to national security, which it sees as including risks to energy supplies and possible increased migration pressure. The government said this after a specially-convened meeting of the cabinet’s national security council.

Filipino expatriates slam draft law that links regular remittance to passport renewal
Filipino expatriates in the UAE slammed a draft law filed in Manila that would compel them to regularly send money to their family back home or risk not getting their passports renewed. A draft law filed in the Philippine Congress aims to make remittances mandatory and regular for all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with legal dependents in the Philippines.

Peru Received $2.7 Billion in Remittances During 2013
Last year Peru received $2.7 billion in remittances in year 2013, a figure that represents a 2.9 percent drop compared with 2012, the central reserve bank said in a report that was released on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Remittances account for 10% of Bangladesh GDP
Remittances, a major source of foreign exchange for Bangladesh, now stand at around 10 percent of the country's GDP or gross domestic product, rising from 5.0 percent of GDP in the beginning of 2000s, said the central bank on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.


Ervin Dervisevic

Consultant working with East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank

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