El Salvador: Remittances Increase 5% in 2019

Last year the country received $5.65 billion in family remittances, which is 5% more than the amount reported in 2018.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

In 2019, the central zone of the country received 36.6% of total remittances, equivalent to $2,069.7 million, followed by the eastern zone with 32.1%, or $1,811 million. The western zone totaled $946.7 million (16.8% of the total) and the paracentral zone received $680.7 million, equivalent to 12% of total remittances, reported the Central Reserve Bank (BCR).

From the BCR report:

During 2019, El Salvador received US$5,650.2 million in family remittances, with a 4.8% growth equivalent to US$259.4 million more than last year, informed the Central Reserve Bank. Most of the remittances came from the United States, which in 2018 hosted 2,306,774 people of Salvadoran origin according to the United States Census Bureau.

According to statistics, 21.2 million family remittance operations were registered in the financial system during the year. In December alone, US$550.9 million came from international remittances, making it the month in which the largest amount was received under this concept.

The Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA) estimates that Latin America and the Caribbean will receive between US$93 and US$94 billion in 2019, under the concept of family remittances. Compared to that figure, El Salvador received 6% of the region's remittances that year









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