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07 Nov 2015

MRS No. 18 - Dynamics of Remittance Utilization in Bangladesh

Every year some 200,000 or more Bangladeshis leave the country officially to work elsewhere. Add to this the more than 1 million Bangladeshis living permanently outside the country and the extent of emigration becomes apparent. Most of these migrants send part of their earnings home on a regular or irregular basis. Together this amounted to more than USD 2 billion annually between 2000 and 2002 and even 3 billion in 2003.

This report attempts to answer the following three research questions: What is the impact of remittances on households and the broader community in Bangladesh?; What are the initiatives taken by the Government or other actors to enhance the impact of remittances?; What are the major hindrances, opportunities and possible avenues for the enhancement of the impact of remittances on society as a whole?


  • Introduction
  • Emigration Patterns and Dynamics in Bangladesh
  • Volume and Dynamics of Remittances
  • Impact of Remittances
  • Initiatives and Policies Aimed at Harnessing the Benefits of Remittances
  • Hindrances, Opportunities and Possible Avenues for Enhancing the Impact of Remittances on the Broader Society 
  • Conclusion
  • Annexes
  • Executive Summary