Guatemala Remittances


Guatemala: Remittances increase strongly in March

April 10, 2015

In March, remittances from workers abroad rose a notable 21.2% over the same month of last year, reaching USD 556.6 million. March’s figure marked a significant acceleration from the 12.5% rise tallied in February and was the highest reading that has been recorded in over seven years.

In the 12 months up to March, remittances amounted to USD 5.7 billion, a USD 0.1 billion increase from February’s figure. March’s result marked a multi-year high and represented a 9.5% increase over the same period of last year (February: +8.3% year-on-year).

Remittances account for nearly 10% of the country’s GDP and are an important source of income for Guatemalan households. Given their significance to the economy, remittances are one of the key drivers of private consumption in the country.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants see total consumption expanding 4.0% in 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s estimate. For 2016, panelists expect total consumption to inch down to 3.8%.

Author:, Economist

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Guatemala Remittances March 2015

Note: Monthly remittances in USD million and 12-month sum of remittances in USD billion.
Source: Guatemala Central Bank and FocusEconomics calculations.

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