Countries such as El Salvador, Jamaica, Tajikistan, Lesotho and Samoa rely heavily on their citizens immigrating into other countries and sending money back. People leave their home countries to seek a better life abroad where they may likely find higher wages, more employment opportunities and the opportunity to help the families they have left behind.
Remittances play a huge role in these people’s individual lives and the lives of their families, but also the entire economy of their home nations. Nearly half (49.6%) of Tajikistan’s GDP is from remittances. If Tajikistan’s exported people stopped sending money home, the country’s economy would be devastated.