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Central Bank reports that remittance flows exceeded US$4.8 billion

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The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic (BCRD) reports that between the months of January and June 2022, the remittances received reached a figure of US$4,861.1 million.

Likewise, it highlights that this amount exceeds by US$1,403.7 million the remittances received in the first six months of 2019, the period prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the United States did not yet have the aid schemes that were implemented after March 2020 and ended in September 2021.

When comparing the flows received as of June 2022 with those of the same month of 2021, in which the Dominican diaspora in the US still received these incentives, a reduction of only US$66 million is observed.

An important aspect to highlight is that the US$803.8 million received during the month of June reaffirm the establishment of a new level of monthly remittance flows. In that sense, when comparing this amount for June 2022 with the average value in the same month for the period prior to the 2015-2019 pandemic, which was US$499.2 million, a significant increase is observed.

The Central Bank explains that the conditions of the labor market in the United States (USA) is one of the main factors that continues to affect the behavior of remittances, since 84.6% of the flows in June came from that country. During that month, the US economy created 372 thousand jobs, keeping the unemployment rate at 3.6% in June 2022. Particularly, the unemployment of Hispanics in the US did not change in June, remaining at 4.3%.

The BCRD also highlights the receipt of remittances from other countries, such as Spain, in the order of 6.4%, second country in terms of total residents of the Dominican diaspora abroad, as well as Haiti and Italy with 1.3% and 0.8 % of flows received, respectively. The rest of the reception of remittances is divided among countries such as Switzerland, Canada and Panama, among others.

Regarding the distribution of remittances received by provinces, the BCRD indicates that the National District obtained the highest proportion, 33.9%, followed by the provinces of Santiago and Santo Domingo, with 14.4% and 9.0%, respectively. This indicates that more than half (57.3%) of remittances are received in the metropolitan areas of the country.

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