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Remittances from the US to rise as the economy rebounds

Remittances from the US to rise as the economy rebounds

  • Published: 30th May 2021

Remittances from the United States could accelerate as the country’s economy bounces back and the labour market tightens. 

Outflow to continue

The US is the world’s biggest source of remittances globally. This is because of the size of the American economy and the sizable part of its immigrant population. In 2020, remittances from the country was more than $60 billion. It was followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia that sent more than $43 billion and $43 billion, respectively. 

Remittances from the United States could increase in 2020 as the economy recovers. Recent data has shown that the labour market is tightening. For example, the recent data showed that the number of Americans filing for initial jobless claims declined to the lowest level since the pandemic started. Analysts also expect that the country’s unemployment rate declined in May.

Interestingly, the US is having a stronger recovery than in other countries that receive most of the remittances funds. This could see more employed Americans send more money to support their relatives back at home.

Government support to help

Further, government support will likely help remittances from the United States. The government has already provided more than $2.8 trillion in stimulus this year. 

Further, Joe Biden proposed a $6 trillion budget plan on top of the $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan he has promised. All these plans will lead to a faster economic recovery and more demand for money transfer services. Some of the top money transfer companies that will benefit from these trends are Western Union, MoneyGram, WorldRemit, Wise, and TransferGo, among others.

Crispus Nyaga

Crispus Nyaga is a full-time financial analyst and trader with more than 7 years in the industry. He has been fortunate to work for several fintech companies, mostly from Europe, Asia, and North America. His work is published in leading platforms like Seeking Alpha, Invezz, rkdream.com InvestingCube, Capital.com, and Marketwatch. Crispus operates from a private office in Nairobi.