Nigeria ranked world’s 6th largest receiver of remittances at $20.8b in 2015

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Nigeria ranked world’s 6th largest receiver of remittances at $20.8b in 2015

Nigeria ranked world’s 6th largest receiver of remittances at $20.8b in 2015
December 23
14:55 2015

Nigerians living abroad sent a total of $20.8 billion home in 2015, thus raking the country as the 6th largest receiver of remittances in the world as rated by the World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016.

The Factbook showed that a quarter of a billion people around the world were migrants, and over $600 billion in remittances were sent annually with what Nigerians living abroad sent home in 2015 were by far the largest volume of remittances to any country in Africa and the 6th largest in the world.

The Factbook also showed that the United States was the biggest remittance sending country to Nigeria, followed by the United Kingdom. Nigerians will receive $5.7 billion in remittances sent from friends and family members in the US and $3.7 billion from the UK in 2015.

Moreover, Nigeria is also the third largest destination country for migrants from other African nations.

According to Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst, the World Bank Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016 “presents the most important data behind the stories of international migration and remittances, including important updates for Nigeria.

“The World Bank’s latest report shows that we have now hit two significant milestones – quarter of a billion migrants globally and $600bn of remittances sent annually. More than ever, we live in world of mobile and connected people whose financial ties extend across the planet. At WorldRemit we see the technological infrastructure evolving to meet these changing demands – in particular the convergence of mobile connectivity, instant messaging and international money transfers.

“Despite being the biggest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria’s financial system is still deeply fragmented, making sending and receiving money very challenging for ordinary Nigerians. 56% of Nigerians are unbanked, so offering a variety of pay-out options, including direct to bank account and instant cash pick-up, is extremely important for reaching everyone in society. At WorldRemit, we process tens of thousands of international money transfers to Nigeria every month sent by Nigerians in the diaspora using our mobile app or online. It’s technology like this which is helping to bring down the costs of remittances and transform the lives of Nigerians everywhere.”

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