Domestic helpers from the Philippines line up at a remittance centre in Hong Kong. While international worker remittances are rightly regarded as an Asian phenomenon, it is also endemic to Mexico and becoming increasingly important in Europe. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Why even Donald Trump can’t stop the march of overseas workers, and the money flows going home

  • For the first time, international worker remittances have topped overseas funds sources for developing economies. This is not a passing trend
  • Ageing advanced nations will fuel greater demand for international labour, and the lack of work opportunities back home will ensure a steady supply

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Domestic helpers from the Philippines line up at a remittance centre in Hong Kong. While international worker remittances are rightly regarded as an Asian phenomenon, it is also endemic to Mexico and becoming increasingly important in Europe. Photo: AFP
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