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Robert W. Meins Remittances Specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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1 Robert W. Meins Remittances Specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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8 2007: $ : $ 67.5 (est.) % % 2007: $ : $ 67.5 (est.) % %

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10 1) Economic situation 2) Immigration climate 3) Exchange rates 4) Inflation

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12 Source: US Census (CPS)

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15 Source: World Bank

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21 Source: European Central Bank Period of rise in remittances from Europe Rapid appreciation of the dollar

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24 Source: Orozco 2007

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26 Remittance data continues to improve, but is not yet perfect Remittances are a family obligation, not driven by profit motives LAC remittances likely to rise +/- 1.5 % in nominal terms Crisis-related dollar appreciation will increase remittances in local currency terms in countries with free floating currencies. $67.5 billion will be received by Latin American families in % spent on consumption 20% on savings and investment. Remittance receipts remain a largely unused source of liquidity

27 Economic situation: Further economic slowdown affecting industries important to migrant workers Migration climate: Negative immigration climate in broader range of sending countries. Continuing rise in Hispanic unemployment. Exchange rates: Depreciation of the Euro Inflation: Sustained rise in food/fuel costs

28 Remittances have been and will continue to be relatively stable financial flows Relative importance of intraregional remittances likely to increase. Once the global economy begins to recover, so will remittance growth

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