Remittances fall by 18.6 percent in May 2020

Remittances fall by 18.6 percent in May 2020

KARACHI: The inflow of workers’ remittance has registered 18.6 percent decline in May 2020 due to job losses and closure of borders due to coronavirus.

The inflow of workers’ remittances was at $429.2 million in May 2020 as compared with $2.3 billion in the same month of the last year, showing decline of 18.6 percent, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said on Friday.

During this pandemic situation, job losses of overseas workers and closure of international borders are the main factors affecting remittances’ flow. Moreover, in last year, the whole month of Ramadan fell in May 2019, the SBP said.

During May 2020, workers’ remittances stood at $1,872.8 million, showing an increase of $82.8 million or 4.6 percent over previous month (April 2020, $1,790.0 million).

Workers’ Remittances amounted to US $ 20,654.5 million during July – May FY20, up by 2.7 percent or US $ 551.5 million over July – May FY19 (US $ 20,103.0 million).

Major contribution to workers’ remittances during May 2020 came from Saudi Arabia (US $ 436.2 million), USA (US $ 428.3 million), UAE (US $ 323.4 million) and UK (US $ 284.8 million) recording an increase of 25.7 percent and 6.6 percent for UK and USA respectively whereas a decrease of 3.4 percent and 8.6 percent for Saudi Arabia and UAE respectively as compared to April 2020.