This compilation is brought to you by the Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
 
 
Issue 4 - 29 July 2020
 
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on remittance families and markets:
Must-read articles and events
 
With over 16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and many countries facing a resurgence of reported cases, challenges and circumstances remain vary from country to country. While the majority of sources indicate that remittance flows are decreasing, certain news outlets are also reporting that in few corridors migrants' total remittances have increased over the last months.

These specific cases seem to indicate that migrants are using their savings to support their families in these times of crisis and, in some instances, also to prepare for their return home due to unemployment circumstances faced in countries of destination.
 
Please find here below a list of relevant articles, publications and events gathered by the Remittance Community Task Force (RCTF). 

If you would like to contribute to the Brief, please share your suggestions via email to: remittancesTF19@ifad.org
 
 
REMITTANCE MARKET INSIGHTS
 
Western Union's head of network for the Middle East and Asia Pacific tells finews.asia how she sees the remittance space evolving
By Finews
 
How remittances affect long-run economic change in rural labour markets
By VoxDev
 
Coronavirus-driven shift to digital remittances a boon for fintechs
By PaymentsSource
 
REMITTANCE FAMILIES AND DIASPORAS
 
They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.
By The New York Times
Article

"My world stopped spinning" - life on hold for millions of Philippine migrant workers
By Reuters
 
COUNTRY NEWS
 
Bangladesh: Remittance hits record high in July as expatriates prepare to return home due to joblessness abroad
By The Business Standard
 
Moldova: IOM rapid field assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of the Moldovan diaspora: an evidence base regarding migrants’ coping strategies and contributions
By ReliefWeb
 
Nepal: CMIR Weekly Newsletter 
By Center for Migration and International Relations 
 
Kenya: Remittances from Kenyans in North America Reach All-Time High
By Mwakilishi.com
 
Italy: Central bank releases data on foreign workers' remittances (first quarter of 2020) 
By Bank of Italy
 
EVENTS
 
3rd meeting of the National Remittance Stakeholder Network (NRSN) – The Gambia (29 July • 3.00pm. GMT +2)
Info at: remittances.gambia@ifad.org

3rd meeting of the of the National Remittance Stakeholder Network (NRSN) - Ghana (29 July • 4.30pm. GMT +2)
Info at: remittances.ghana@ifad.org
 
Effects of COVID-19 on domestic and cross border payments and remittances in SADC (4 August • 4.00pm. GMT +2)
By FinMark Trust
Register 
 
Online Forum on Sustainable Reintegration of Overseas Filipinos through Cooperatives (20 August)
By NATCCO Network
Info at: natcconetwork@natcco.coop
 
 
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