Remittances to Central America Increasing

The recovery in the amount of money sent to their countries of origin by Central American emigrants remains strong.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In the first quarter, in Nicaragua, remittances totaled $ 287.5 million, 8.2% higher than in same period in 2010.

Monetary transfers to Guatemala (the largest recipient in Central America), totalled $1,758.7 million in the first five months of 2011. An increase of 10.4% compared to the same period in 2010.

"... El Salvador, the second largest remittance receiver country in the region, received 1513.6 million dollars between January and May, 'showing an increase of 4.8 percent compared to the same period last year' ..." , noted an article in

In the case of Honduras, the increase in the first five months was 11.7%.

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Remittances to El Salvador Up 3.5%

September 2013

During the month of August remittances to El Salvador totaled $326.6 million, $11.2 million more than in the same period in 2012.

From a press release issued by the Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador:

Remittances from Salvadorans living abroad during the month of August 2013, totaled $326.6 million, up by $11.2 million and recording a growth rate of 3.5% compared to the same month last year, reported the department of Studies and Economic Statistics at the Central Reserve Bank.

El Salvador Receives $2.708 million in Remittances

October 2011

From January to September, the country’s remittances were 5.3% more than in the same period in 2010.

In September alone, $286 million came into the country, exceeding the $26 million that came in September 2010.

The largest increase was recorded in the third quarter (July-September), being 7.3% more than in the same period last year.

Remittances to Guatemala Increase by 8.5%

September 2011

In August, total remittances received amounted to $409.5 million, 8.5% higher than in the same month in 2010.

In July remittances reported a decline of 9% compared to the same month in 2010.

According to the Bank of Guatemala, between January and August the total amount of remittances coming into the country was $2.934 million, 6.7% higher than the $2.748 million in the same period of 2010.

Remittances to El Salvador as of March Reach $866 Million

April 2011

Remittances, vital for the country's economy, saw a 4.5% increase, year-on-year in the first quarter of 2011.

On average, in the first quarter of the year the country received $286.6 million in remittances, 0.9% more than the figure recorded in the same period of 2010.

"Remittances are an important source of income for the Salvadoran economy, making up 16.3% of the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP), equivalent to 76.7% of total export value and covering 40.1% of the value of goods imported," according to

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