Top 10 African Countries with the Highest Diaspora Remittance Inflows

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Top 10 African Countries with the Highest Diaspora Remittance Inflows

Throughout history, migration has been a universal occurrence. People have traversed the globe for a multitude of reasons, but a significant portion of these journeys has been driven by economic pursuits.

As the African diaspora continues to grow, especially in the wake of globalization and increased opportunities abroad, the remittances sent back to the continent have swelled in volume. It’s not just pocket change; it’s a game-changer for Africa’s economic stability and growth.

According to the World Bank, in the post-COVID period, remittances have become even more important as a source of external financing for countries globally. They have proved to be resilient, and in 2022, remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries increased by 8 percent, to reach $647 billion.

The World Bank in its “Migration and Development Brief” revealed that in Africa, Egypt was the largest recipient of remittances in the region with $28.3 billion in 2022. However, this represents a 10 per cent decline after reaching a record high of $31.5 billion in 2021.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, remittance flows reached $53 billion in 2022, a 6.1 per cent increase from the previous year, following the strong growth of 16.3 per cent in 2021.

Remittance flows to the region are projected to rise by 1.3 and 3.7 per cent in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

Here are the top 10 African countries with the highest diaspora remittance inflow according to the World Bank:

RankCountryAmount ($billion)
1Egypt. Arab Rep28.3 billion
2Nigeria20.1 billion
3Morocco11.2 billion
4Ghana4.7 billion
5Kenya4.1 billion
6Tunisia3.1 billion
7Zimbabwe3.1 billion
8Senegal2.5 billion
9Algeria1.8 billion
10Congo, Dem. Rep.1.7 billion

Source: Businessinsider

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