Family Remittances Help Economic Recovery

In the first two months of 2011, Nicaragua received $137 million in remittances from abroad, 10% more than in the same months of 2010.

Friday, April 8, 2011

All of Central America and Mexico has seen a recovery in remittances according to a report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which states that money flows increased by between 6 and 16% in the first two months of this year.

In an article for, Gisella Canales Ewest writes that, "with the exception of a dip in 2009, due to the world economic crisis, family remittances to Nicaragua have steadily increased from $320 million in 2000 to $823 million in 2010.

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