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The Remitting Patterns of African Migrants in the OECD

ANNUAL REMITTANCES BEQUESTS BRAIN DRAIN BULLETIN CONSEQUENCES OF MIGRATION COUNTRIES OF BIRTH COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN COUNTRY OF ORIGIN DATA ON REMITTANCES DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS DESTINATION COUNTRY DETERMINANTS OF REMITTANCES DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DEVELOPING COUNTRY DIASPORA DUMMY VARIABLES EDUCATED MIGRANTS EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT EMIGRATION EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS EXCHANGE RATE EXCHANGE RATES FAMILY COMPOSITION FAMILY MEMBERS FEMALE MIGRANTS FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FORMAL EDUCATION GENDER GROSS NATIONAL INCOME HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION HOME COUNTRIES HOME COUNTRY HOST COUNTRY HOUSEHOLD INCOME HOUSEHOLD LEVEL HOUSEHOLD SIZE HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS ILLEGAL MIGRANTS IMMIGRANT IMMIGRANT POPULATION IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS IMMIGRANTS IMPACT OF REMITTANCES INCOME LEVEL INCOME LEVELS INCOME SHOCKS INCOMES INFORMAL TRANSFERS INSURANCE INTERNATIONAL BANK INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION INTERNATIONAL POLICY INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES JOB OPPORTUNITIES LABOR FORCE LEGAL IMMIGRATION LEGAL STATUS LIVING CONDITIONS LOAN MARITAL STATUS MICRODATA MIGRANT MIGRANT CHARACTERISTICS MIGRANT HOUSEHOLD MIGRANT HOUSEHOLDS MIGRANT ORIGIN MIGRANT REMITTANCES MIGRANTS MIGRATION FLOWS MIGRATION POLICIES MIGRATION POLICY MINORITY MONEY TO RELATIVES NEGATIVE SHOCK NUMBER OF CHILDREN NUMBER OF MIGRANTS NUMBER OF PEOPLE OFFICIAL REMITTANCE PERMANENT MIGRANTS PERSONAL INCOME POLICY DECISIONS POLICY RESEARCH POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER POLITICAL ECONOMY POST OFFICE POST OFFICES PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS PURCHASING POWER RECENT IMMIGRANTS REFUGEE REMITTANCE REMITTANCE CHANNELS REMITTANCE COSTS REMITTANCE FLOWS REMITTANCE SENDER REMITTANCE SENDERS REMITTANCE TRANSFERS REMITTANCES REMITTERS RESPECT RETURN RETURN MIGRATION RETURNS RICHER COUNTRIES SEND MONEY SEND REMITTANCES SEX SKILL LEVEL SKILLED MIGRANTS SKILLED MIGRATION SOCIAL CAPITAL SOCIAL POLICY SPOUSE SPOUSES STD TAX TEMPORARY MIGRANTS TOTAL ANNUAL REMITTANCES TRANSACTION TRANSFER OF FUNDS TYPES OF MIGRATION WAGE DIFFERENCES WAGE DIFFERENTIALS WORK PERMITS
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Africa | Africa | The World Region | The World Region
2012-03-19T18:39:05Z | 2012-03-19T18:39:05Z | 2010-04-01

Recorded remittances to Africa have grown dramatically over the past decade. Yet data limitations still mean relatively little is known about which migrants remit, how much they remit, and how their remitting behavior varies with gender, education, income levels, and duration abroad. This paper constructs the most comprehensive remittance database on immigrants in the OECD currently available, containing microdata on more than 12,000 African immigrants. Using this microdata the authors establish several basic facts about the remitting patterns of Africans, and then explore how key characteristics of policy interest relate to remittance behavior. Africans are found to remit twice as much on average as migrants from other developing countries, and those from poorer African countries are more likely to remit than those from richer African countries. Male migrants remit more than female migrants, particularly among those with a spouse remaining in the home country; more-educated migrants remit more than less educated migrants; and although the amount remitted increases with income earned, the gradient is quite flat over a large range of income. Finally, there is little evidence that the amount remitted decays with time spent abroad, with reductions in the likelihood of remitting offset by increases in the amount remitted conditional on remitting.

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