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Sri Lanka's remittances

Sri Lanka's remittances remain strong, exceeds US$ 500 Mn monthly

Remittances from Sri Lankan expatriates totaled US$ 3.14 billion in the first half of the year, marking an 11.4 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

In June alone, the country received US$ 519.6 million from its migrant workers, slightly lower than May's US$ 544.4 million but significantly higher than the US$ 475.7 million received in June 2023.

The importance of remittances became particularly evident in the wake of a severe foreign currency shortage in early 2022. At that time, political misinformation about stolen dollars and economic instability led to decreased remittances, exacerbated by pandemic-related travel restrictions that hindered overseas employment opportunities.

"The economic crisis prompted many Sri Lankans to seek work abroad, driven by high taxes and soaring living costs," noted economic analysts. Despite challenges, remittances have consistently ranked among Sri Lanka's top foreign exchange earners, crucially supplementing the shortfall caused by a nearly $5 billion loss in annual tourism revenue due to the pandemic.

The newly opened avenues for employment abroad have proven vital for families relying on these funds for basic needs and investments in education and healthcare. As Sri Lanka navigates ongoing economic pressures, the resilience of remittance inflows continues to bolster its financial stability.

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