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The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is a universally-recognized observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/72/281) and observed on 16 June each year. The day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrant workers to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and to create a future of hope for their children.

Through this observance, the United Nations aim at bringing greater awareness on the impact that these contributions have on millions of households, but also on communities, countries, and entire regions. The Day also calls upon governments, private sector entities, and the civil society to find ways that can maximize the impact of remittances through individual, and/or collective actions.

The IDFR is fully recognized at global level, and included as one of the key initiatives to implement the newly-adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Objective 20), also calling for the reduction of remittance transfer costs, and greater financial inclusion through remittances. The Day is also functional to the pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Towards these objectives, IFAD, as custodian of the IDFR, is supporting the #FamilyRemittances2030 Campaign, to allow stakeholders to endorse the values the Day represents and to showcase their engagement.

You are welcome to celebrate the IDFR as you deem fit, using the official products available here.

We encourage you to contribute to the #FamilyRemittances 2030 campaign by sharing any initiative you are carrying out to achieve its objectives, and share your engagement through the following

  1. a message of no longer than 150 words; and/or
  2. a 280-character quote; and/or
  3. an additional video/picture/story/publication if you wish.

Please send your contribution to familyremittances@ifad.org, including your organization's high-resolution logo and a brief description thereof.

All messages are being included on our web and social media channels – using the #FamilyRemittances2030 hashtag – as well as our partners'.

Read the IDFR booklet for 2019 and past endorsements for 2018 | 2017 | 2016

Please find the link to last year's brochure for your reference and, for further information, the IDFR webpage on the UN website.

 

Thank you for supporting the IDFR!

On International Day of Family Remittances, a reminder that 1 in 9 people globally are supported by funds sent home by migrant workers

June 2019 - NEWS
Remittances from international migrant workers to their families are expected to rise to over US$550 billion in 2019, up some $20 billion from $529 billion last year, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), stated today.

International Day of Family Remittances: Working to build prosperity at home

June 2018 - NEWS
Ahead of the International Day of Family Remittances to be observed on 16 June, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for continued efforts to help remittance-receiving families build a sustainable future for themselves and their communities.

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development – Asia Pacific

May 2018 - NEWS
Each year, billions of dollars in remittances are sent by migrants to their families in the Asia-Pacific Region. And while this money provides a lifeline for families who use it to cover basic needs and invest in their future, it also has a tremendous economic impact on the region more broadly.

Sending money home: ten reasons why remittances matter

June 2019 - STORY
The International Day of Family Remittances is observed every year on 16 June in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.

International Day of Family Remittances booklet 2019

June 2019
International Day of Family Remittances booklet for 2019

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2018 – Official Report

February 2019

This report presents the highlights and key outcomes of the first country-led Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development, hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia in collaboration with IFAD and the World Bank Group.

International Day of Family Remittances Brochure - Endorsements in 2018

June 2018
On 12 June 2018, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the International Day of Family Remittances as a universally recognized observance. New partners and supporters from private and civil society sectors have endorsed the Day 2018.

RemitSCOPE - Remittance markets and opportunities Asia and the Pacific

May 2018

​RemitSCOPE, a new website portal, is designed to provide data, analyses and remittancemarket1 profiles on individual countries or areas. In coordination with the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2018, RemitSCOPE is being launched to provide market profiles for 50 countries or areas in the Asia and the Pacific region.

The additional four regions will be included gradually: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Near East and the Caucasus. RemitSCOPE intends to address the fast-changing market realities in the remittance industry in order to help bring together the goals of remittance families, as clients, and the strategies of the private-sector service providers. RemitSCOPE is designed as a free, one-stop shop that is available to any organization or entity interested in accessing all relevant public information on remittances.  

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2017 – Official Report

February 2018
Remittances constitute a critical lifeline for around 1 billion people around the world. These vital flows of private money, sent by over 200 million international migrant workers, help families raise their living standards and contribute to improved health, education and housing. 

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Contact us

For questions, please contact familyremittances@ifad.org