The biggest sender of money transfers in the world in 2019, sending USD $69.699 billion (AUD $102.13 billion).1
2018 data from the World Bank shows that the biggest recipients of money transfers from America were:
As a result of COVID-19, the unemployment rate in the US grew to 14.7% in April, resulting in job cuts across all industries.2 This could significantly impact the amount of money that’s transferred out of the US in 2020.
The country that sends the second-largest amount of money transfers worldwide.
In 2019, Saudi Arabia sent USD $31.197 billion (AUD $45.71 billion).1
The biggest receivers of transfers from Saudi Arabia in 2018 were:
It’s relatively cheap to send money out of Saudi Arabia compared to other countries around the world. For example, recent World Bank data shows it would cost an average of 5.5%, while it can be higher than 27% for other countries such as Angola.4 Saudi Arabia has recently increased market competitiveness around money transfers, has made it safer for people to send and receive money and has implemented new technologies around transfers.18
The third-largest sender of money in the world, topping USD $27.088 billion (AUD $39.69 billion) in 2019.1
Based on 2018 World Bank Data, Switzerland sends the most money to:
In May 2020, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs called for countries worldwide to make it easier to transfer money during the COVID-19 pandemic and that new technologies could assist with this.5
Germany is the fourth largest sender of funds through money transfers worldwide and sent a total of USD $24.062 billion (AUD $35.26 billion) in 2019 alone.1
The biggest recipients of Germany’s money transfers based on 2018 World Bank data were:
There could be a drop in money transfers out of Germany as a result of the pandemic. In fact, the ifo Institute data shows almost one in four German companies have applied for liquidity support (applying for loans or payments to stay afloat) as of June 2020.6
Russia transfers the fifth-highest amount of money worldwide, sending USD $22.217 billion (AUD $32.55 billion) in 2019.1
In 2018, Russia sent the most money to nations within proximity, including:
When it comes to sending money overseas, Russia has some of the lowest money transfer rates in the world. The average cost is only 1.7%, opposed to the worldwide average of 6.8%.7
The Netherlands is the eighth highest sender of funds globally, transferring around USD $14.548 billion (AUD $21.32 billion) in 2019.1
2018 World Bank data shows the highest recipients of these transfers were
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Netherlands and could affect money transfers out of the nation. The Dutch Government has implemented packages to help workers impacted by the pandemic. These include initiatives to help companies pay employees, support for independent contractors and ongoing support for affected sectors.9
Luxembourg sent USD $13.736 billion (AUD $20.13 billion) overseas through money transfers in 2019 – making it the ninth highest sender for that year.1
The latest data from the World Bank shows the nation sends the most money to:
Luxembourg shares a border with both France and Belgium, which are the two highest recipients of money transfers from Luxembourg.
Luxembourg has one of the highest GDP rates in the world,16 which could be a reason why it’s also one of the top senders of funds globally.
Sending a total of USD $11.963 billion (AUD $1753 billion) overseas in 2019, Qatar scrapes in as the 10th highest sender of funds in the world.1
According to the latest data from the World Bank, Qatar sends the most money to:
The nation’s cost to transfer money internationally is 5.3%,4 compared to the global average of 6.8%.7 This may make it easier for people to invest in overseas projects or simply transfer money overseas.
Not only was China the sixth-highest sender of funds globally (USD $15.135 billion, AUD $22.18 billion) in 2019,1 but they were also one of the top 10 recipients of money transfers worldwide (USD $18.294 billion, AUD $26.81 billion).8
In 2018, China sent the most money to:
In the same year, China received the highest number of money transfers from:
Due to COVID-19, the World Bank predicts China will receive USD $2.378 billion (AUD $3.46 billion) less in 2020, which reflects a 13% decline anticipated for the Eastern Asia region.7
France is not only the seventh-highest sender of funds worldwide (USD $14.768 billion, AUD $21.64 billion),1 but also the fifth-largest recipient of money transfers (USD $26.435 billion, AUD $38.73 billion).8
It sends the most money to:
It receives the most from
Because of COVID-19, the World Bank predicts 2020 money transfers will fall by 28 percent,7 or by more than USD $7.4 billion (AUD $10.78 billion) from 2019’s total.
India received a total of USD $83.132 billion (AUD $121.81 billion) in money transfers in 2019, making it the world’s highest receiver of money transfers.8
While many countries send money to India, recent World Bank data shows the most of it came from:
The World Bank predicts that South Asian countries will experience an average 22.1% drop in money transfers due to COVID-19,7 meaning India’s flow could reduce by USD $18.37 billion (AUD $26.75 billion).
Mexico is the second largest receiver of money transfers in the world and was sent a total of USD $38.628 billion (AUD $56.60 billion) in 2019.8
World Bank data shows most money transfers were sent from:
With Latin American countries expected to see a decline of 19.3% in money transfers due to the COVID-19 pandemic,7 Mexico’s inbound money could be reduced by USD $7.455 billion (AUD $10.86 billion) as a result.
As of 2018, over four in 10 Mexicans were living below the nation’s poverty line.15 So, the large inflow of money could help many people manage daily life.
The Philippines is the third highest receiver of funds through money transfers in the world and was sent USD $35.167 billion (AUD $51.53 billion) in 2019 alone.8
The biggest sender of money to the Philippines were:
The region is predicted to be hit with a 13% reduction in money transfers due to the COVID-19 pandemic,7 meaning the Philippines could see their 2020 inbound funds slashed by USD $4.57 billion (AUD $6.66 billion).
Egypt received USD $26.791 billion (AUD $39.26 billion) worth of money transfers in 2019, making it the fourth highest receiver of money globally.8
World Bank data shows that in 2018, the most significant senders of funds to Egypt were
The World Bank is anticipating a 19.6% drop in money transfers to Egypt’s world region due to COVID-19,7 which could see its funds coming into the country reduced by USD $5.251 billion (AUD $7.65 billion).
Nigeria received the sixth-highest amount of money transfers in 2019 with around USD $23.800 billion (AUD $34.87 billion) coming into the country.8
Recent World Bank data shows the biggest senders to Nigeria in 2018 were:
The World Bank predicts Sub-Saharan Africa will see a 23.1% reduction of money transfers into the region,7 which could see Nigeria’s 2020 received funds slashed by USD $5.497 billion (AUD $8.01 billion).
A large decline in money transfers to Sub-Saharan African countries like Nigeria is expected due to migrants living in countries such as China, the US and countries in the EU being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.7
Pakistan received USD $22.322 billion (AUD $32.71 billion) through money transfers in 2019, making it the seventh-largest receiver of money transfers in the world.8
2018 data from the World Bank shows that the countries that send the most money to Pakistan include:
South Asian countries are predicted to see a 22.1% drop in received money transfers due to COVID-19,7 which could see Pakistan’s annual inflows of money transfers reduced by USD $4.933 billion (AUD $7.28 billion).
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting key sending countries such as the United States and United Kingdom – which is expected to contribute to this significant drop in money transfers.7
Bangladesh received USD $18.361 billion (AUD $26.90 billion) through money transfers in 2019, making it the eighth highest recipient of money transfers globally.8
2018 data from the World Bank shows that the following countries send the most money to Bangladesh:
With South Asian countries predicted to see a 22.1% decline in incoming transfers due to COVID-19,7 Bangladesh’s 2020 total may reduce by USD $4.057 billion (AUD $5.91 billion).
It costs less in money transfer fees to send money to South Asian countries such as Bangladesh, which could be why it receives a high volume of money transfers.7
Rounding out the top 10 recipients of money transfers is Vietnam. The nation received USD $17 billion (AUD $24.91 billion) in 2019.8
World Bank data from 2018 shows that these countries send Vietnam the most money through money transfers:
Vietnam is expected to see a 13% reduction in money transferred due to COVID-19,7 with its 2020 total projected to reduce by USD $2.21 billion (AUD $3.22 billion).