This briefing paper is a summary of some of the main issues relating to remittances and their impact on development. It is designed to inform future areas of potential work and research for NGOs working in the field of development and in particular the role of migrants in development.

Migration is the movement of people from one locality to another, both within country and across borders. The money that people send home from their earnings once they are working in their destination country is referred to as ‘remittances’.

The paper examines the current debates in the theme area of migration and remittances, before touching on issues relating to the developmental impact of remittances and recent policy developments in this area. It concludes with implications for NGOs working in this field and makes some suggestions for future areas of research in this area.



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