Karachi September 10, 2021: Workers' remittances continued their strong trend, reaching $2.66 billion in August 2021. This
is the sixth consecutive month when inflows recorded around $2.7 billion on average, and the fifteen
consecutive month they have been above $2 billion.
In terms of growth, remittances increased by 26.8 percent (y/y) in August, which is a decade high growth rate for that month. On a m/m basis, inflows were marginally lower than in July, reflecting the usual post‐Eid slowdown. Nevertheless, this seasonal decline was far less this year compared to historical trends.
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Cumulatively, at $5.36 billion, remittances grew by 10.4% during the first two months of this year over the same period last year.
Remittance inflows during August 2021 were mainly sourced from Saudi Arabia ($694 million), United Arab Emirates ($512 million), United Kingdom ($353 million) and the United States ($279 million).
Proactive policy measures by the Government and SBP to incentivize the use of formal channels, curtailed cross‐border travel in the face of COVID‐19, altruistic transfers to Pakistan amid the pandemic, and orderly foreign exchange market conditions have positively contributed towards the sustained improvement in remittance inflows since last year.