KARACHI: The overseas workers have sent $5.478 billion during first quarter (July – September) of current fiscal year, which is 1.43 percent down when compared with $5.557 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year, according to data released by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday.
However, inflows of workers’ remittances witnessed 17.59 percent growth to $1.747 billion in the month of September 2019 when compared with $1.486 billion in the same month of the last year.
Saudi Arab was the major destination from where Pakistanis sent remittances to homeland. The inflows of remittances from Saudi Arabia were $1.269 billion during first quarter of current fiscal year as compared with $1.263 billion in the same quarter of the last fiscal year, showing growth of 0.49 percent.
The country received $911 million as workers’ remittances from the US during first quarter of the current fiscal year as compared with $862.76 million in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal year, showing 5.67 percent growth.
The third major destination for workers’ remittances was the UK from where the country received $814.37 million during July –September 2019 as compared with $810 million in the same period of the last fiscal year.
The combined inflows from United Arab Emirates (UAE) were $1.139 billion during first quarter of current fiscal year as compared with $1.227 billion in the same quarter of the last fiscal year, registering 7.19 percent decline.
The inflows from other GCC countries were at $519.43 million during July – September 2019 as compared with $526.96 million in the same period of the last fiscal year, showing 1.43 percent decline.