Remittances are a vital lifeline for families in developing nations, offering essential support in times of economic challenge and conflict. According to sources, remittance flows exceeded $70 billion in 2022 for fragile and conflict-affected countries. These funds serve as a buffer against reduced income and economic shocks, and they play a pivotal role in sustaining households’ basic needs like food, healthcare, and education.

Despite the importance of remittance in the economy, sending remittances to developing countries can be costly due to regulations and other factors. Inclusive policies from host countries have contributed to a rebound in remittances, offering hope for continued support.

In the future, while growth in remittances might slow due to various factors, their impact remains essential for the recovery and resilience of these nations. Overall, remittances go beyond mere financial transfers; they empower families and build more robust communities capable of overcoming challenges and achieving sustainable development.

Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on remittances to developing countries to determine the impact of remittances on developing countries’ economies. 


  • Almost half (48.62%) believed blockchain and cryptocurrency have the potential to reduce remittance fees.
  • 42.82% were undecided about supporting international attempts to set remittance guidelines.
  • Specific remittance restrictions were seen as sanctions in certain countries, said  46.87%.

The flow of remittances, a practice where individuals working abroad send financial support back to their families in developing countries, is a topic that weaves intricate threads through the global economic fabric. When pondering the impact of these remittances on the economies of these nations, opinions take various forms.

The majority of the respondents (51.98%) hold a positive outlook on this phenomenon, viewing it as a potential boon for economic growth. Others, however, remain uncertain at 27.68%, and a more reserved 20.34% express concerns about its effects.

Economic Landscape of Developing Countries

In the economic landscape of developing countries, the role of remittances can be pivotal. The infusion of remittances to developing countries could potentially breathe life into their economies, granting them an invaluable source of revenue. Yet, the idea of wielding remittances as a form of leverage, like economic sanctions, is a contemplative notion.

The populace appears to be divided, with 46.87% endorsing this strategy, 28.38% hesitating on its viability, and 24.75% opposing it.

Economist’s Perspective on Remittances and Local Economic Activities

Economist Connel Fullenkamp brings a thought-provoking layer to the discourse by suggesting that relying on remittance income might lead individuals to disconnect from local economic activities. This argument resonates with 43.71% who agree and 43.02% who strongly concur. On the other hand, 11.61% stand in opposition, while a minority (1.66%) take a stronger stance against this viewpoint.

Figure 1: Respondents’ stance on this viewpoint.

Challenges Faced by Remittance-Dependent Developing Nations

Remittances to developing countries, which are heavily dependent on remittances, underscore unique challenges. These hurdles encompass aspects like the stability of their currency, the quest for economic diversification, and the potential pitfalls of relying heavily on external financial streams. A notable 65.11% claim familiarity with these intricacies, while 34.89% remain less acquainted.

The financial landscape isn’t without its friction points. According to 2021 OECD data, the siphoning effect of currency conversions and fees amounts to 6% of remittances, double the UN’s 3% target. A solution flutters on the horizon, as 48.62% believe that groundbreaking technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrency hold promise in alleviating these costs. Still, 32% hover in uncertainty, and 19.38% resist this notion.

Figure 2: Technological innovations could potentially reduce fees, according to respondents.

As the global village navigates these channels of cross-border financial exchange, questions of governance rise to the surface. Should international efforts guide the flow of remittances to prevent potential negative effects of remittances on economies? Opinions echo through the spectrum, with 42.82% maintaining a neutral stance, 38.71% advocating for guidelines, and 18.47% fostering dissent.

Ultimately, the world of remittances is a tapestry constructed from threads of economic hopes, anxieties, and subtleties, each deserving of a moment of reflection in the broader tapestry of global economic debate.


Survey TitleSurvey on Remittances to Developing Countries
DurationAugust 14, 2023 – August 21, 2024
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.