Also available in: Français | العربية | 中文 | Español ​In 1964, I came to the United States from South Korea, then an extremely poor developing country that most experts, including those at the…

Jim Yong Kim |

I am the World Bank’s Director for the Western Balkans, and I live in Vienna, Austria, where thousands of refugees, mostly fleeing from conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, are now straggling across…

Ellen Goldstein |

I was struck by an interview featured in a recent show of CBC Radio One's The Current. Nani Gautam, a live-in caregiver in Canada, was asked how important was the money she sent home to her…

Dilip Ratha |

Saudi Arabia hosts the largest number of migrants in the Gulf region. The country is the second largest remittance sender after the USA. A new Saudization program since 2011, the so-called “…

Kirsten Schuettler |

Last week the New York Times featured an editorial suggesting that the World Bank should become a remittance center. Remittances are the "largest and arguably most effective antipoverty…

Dilip Ratha |

In order to provide an ownership structure in Pakistan for remittance facilitation, State Bank of Pakistan (the central bank), Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Ministry of Finance launched a…

Najm-us-Saqib Shabbir |

Saudi Arabia's recent indigenization effort titled "Nitaqat" came into effect on September 10. Saudi firms have been color coded to four categories - Red, Yellow and Green, and Blue…

Sanket Mohapatra |

Niagara Falls.  "The Canadian side is better, more developed. They have better hotels." "Sorry, but we need a visa to enter Canada." "I forgot. The kids are okay, they are…

Dilip Ratha |

The recent negotiations between Philippines and Saudi Arabia about the minimum living wages for migrant workers have resulted in a stalemate. Philippines is demanding a minimum wage of $400 per…

Sanket Mohapatra |

We invite you to use open and free access to data collected through the Migration and Remittances Household Surveys conducted for the Africa Migration Project. Please access the household data…

Sonia Plaza |