India surpass $100 billion dollar remittances for the second consecutive year.

Key highlights of the survey

  • A survey by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on post-Covid-19 remittances.
  • India received $107 billion in remittances in the financial year 2023-24, surpassing the $100 billion threshold for the second consecutive year.
  • This amount of net remittances nearly doubles the combined total of $54 billion from foreign direct investments (FDI) and portfolio investments during the same period.
  • The United States is the primary contributor, constituting 23% of the total amount.
  • The remittances from the Gulf region experienced a decline during 2023-24.
  • In 2023, the United States remained the largest contributor to remittances globally. 
  • The leading recipients of these funds were India ($125 billion), followed by Mexico ($67 billion), China ($50 billion), the Philippines ($40 billion), and Egypt ($24 billion).
  • Remittances to low and middle income countries (LMICs) increased by approximately 3.8% in 2023.

World Bank on remittance

  • The World Bank’s “Migration and Development Brief” showed that India continues to lead globally in receiving remittances from its diaspora.
  • Under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS), resident individuals, including minors, have the liberty to remit up to USD 250,000 annually (April – March) for any allowable current or capital account transaction.

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