F&D Magazine / Migrant labor

Dilip Ratha on the Power of Remittances

Dilip Ratha

October 19, 2023

Photo courtesy of Dilip Ratha

In This Episode

Millions of families around the world- even some countries, rely on workers living abroad to keep their economies afloat. In fact, global remittances reached a record $647 billion in 2022—three times that of official development assistance. Dilip Ratha is lead economist for migration and remittances at the World Bank. In this podcast, journalist Rhoda Metcalfe asks Ratha about his own experiences growing up in rural India and how they led him to become a leading voice on the power of remittances to reduce global poverty. Ratha says remittances are timely, large, stable, and best of all, they are countercyclical. Transcript

Read Resilient Remittances in the IMF's Finance and Development Magazine

Dilip Ratha is a lead economist at the World Bank and an advisor to the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

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