Migrants' remittances to Guatemala surge by 11.33 percent

Remittances by emigrants to their families in Guatemala rose by 11.33 percent year-on-year to US$1.36 billion in the first four months of the year, according to the nation's central bank, Banguat.

Friday, May 9, 2008

In April alone, remittances totaled US$385 million, Banguat said.
According to official estimates, 1.6 million Guatemalans live in the United States, some 60 percent of them without immigration documents.

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Remittances in Guatemalan Economy

April 2012

In 2011 remittances grew by 5% compared to 2010; so far 2012 the amounts have already exceed those from the same period in 2009, making up 10%-11% of Guatemala's GDP.

In 2011, remittances to Guatemala exceeded the record highs of 2007 and 2008, before the global crisis. Last year, Guatemalan migrants sent home $4.378 billion, according to the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat).

Remittances for $13.06 billion to Central America in 2011

March 2012

By country: Guatemala $4.37 billion; El Salvador $3.65 billion; Honduras $2.86 billion; Nicaragua $1.05 billion; Panama $592 millions; Costa Rica $530 millions.

Inter-American Development Bank Report:

Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean rose to $61 billion in 2011

Remittances to Guatemala grow by 8.69 percent

July 2008

Despite the worldwide economic slowdown, remittances to families in Guatemala from members who live abroad have grown by 8.69 percent for the January-June period this year.

However, the rate of growth is down a bit from last year, when remittances increased by 12.64 percent year-over-year.

Remittances to El Salvador surge to US$1.25 billion in year through April

May 2008

Remittances from emigrants to their families in El Salvador reached US$1.25 billion in the first four months of this year, a 6.9 percent increase on the same month of 2007, the nation's central bank, the BCR, reported.

The rate of increase is speeding up, the BCR added. In April remittances came to US$338.5 million, a 9.1 percent year-on-year rise.

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