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International Technical Meeting on Measuring Remittances - June 11–12, 2009

The purpose of this meeting, which was organized by the Development Economics Data Group of World Bank in conjunction with the Statistics Department of the IMF, was to assess the current situation with regard to the quality of remittances data reported in balance of payments statistics, including the launch of new Remittances Compilation Guide (authored by the Luxembourg Group on Remittances); discuss recent initiatives of countries and developments in remittances data; and agree a work program to respond to the call by G8 countries and other groups for continued efforts to improve remittances data.


Session 1 -  Opening
Session 2 -  Recent international and regional initiatives to improve remittances data
Session 3 -  Remittances data and the financial crisis
Session 4 -  Measuring remittances: sources, methods, and making improvements
Session 5 -  Conclusion

Summary of the meeting 

Participant List
General information
Registration form

Papers and presentations:

Session 1: Opening session                                                                      

1.1 Opening remarks

1.2 G8 Global Remittances Working Group (GWRG)

1.3 Key issues in recording remittances in the balance of payments statistics, and recent improvements to the concepts and definitions.

1.4 Review of progress since 2005, and the role of Thematic Area 1 of the GWRG

  • Paper - Evis Rucaj (World Bank)
  • Presentation - Evis Rucaj (World Bank)
  • Presentation - Neil Fantom (World Bank)

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Session 2: Recent international and regional initiatives to improve remittances data

2.1 The Remittances Compilation Guide, authored by the Luxembourg Group

2.2 Program on improving Central Bank reporting and procedures on remittances in Latin American and the Caribbean countries

2.3 Using migration data to estimate remittance flows (2005 update)

2.4 Concept harmonization and data exchange in the Middle East 

2.5 The Suitland Group on improving surveys of migration

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Session 3: Remittances data and the financial crisis                                    

3.1 The impact of the financial crisis on remittances

3.2 The implications of the recent financial crisis on the measurement of remittances in Moldova

3.3 Measuring the impact of the financil crisis on remittances in Brazil, using high-frequency ITRS data.

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Session 4: Measuring remittances: sources, methods, and making improvements

4.1 Survey of the data sources and compilation methodology of EU Member States

4.2 Global survey of Central Banks

4.3 Bilateral asymmetries in the measurement of remittance flows: the case of Italy-Albania corridor

  • Paper - Giuseppe Ortolani (Bank of Italy) & Evis Rucaj (World Bank)
  • Presentation - Giuseppe Ortolani (Bank of Italy)

4.4 Plans to use an existing household survey as an instrument to capture remittance flows

4.5 Uganda's experience with monitoring workers remittances and the recent use of household surveys

4.6 Using household surveys to collect data on remittances: lessons learned from the CPS migration supplement

4.7 Other country experiences

4.8 New estimation methods based on migration statistics and migrant surveys

  • Presentation - Grzegorz Dobroczek (National Bank of Poland)

4.9 Experience of Thailand in improving remittances data

4.10 Practical and methodological approaches towards measuring remittances (Russia)

  • Paper - Lydia Troshina (Bank of Russia)
  • Presentation - Lydia Troshina (Bank of Russia)

4.11 Other country experiences

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Session 5: Concluding meeting

5.1 Summary of recommendations arising from sessions 

For information, please contact: Neil Fantom ( or Barbro Hexeberg (

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Guide for Compilers and Users (RCG)