Mexico's remittances reach almost US$27 billion

Remittances have become Mexico's most important source of foreign income after manufacturing exports of almost US$34 billion per year
01/02/2017
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The money sent home to Mexico by migrants living abroad rose to almost US$27 billion in 2016, the highest on record.

Remittances rose 8.8 percent, from US$24.78 billion in 2015 to 26.97 billion in 2016.

Mexico's central bank said Wednesday almost all the money was sent to Mexico by electronic transfers. About US$600 million continues to arrive in cash or by money orders.

Remittances have become Mexico's most important source of foreign income after manufacturing exports of almost US$34 billion per year.

Remittances have far surpassed the US$15.6 billion Mexico earns from oil exports and the US$17.5 billion in tourism income Mexico received in 2015.

U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested the U.S. might retain some remittances to pay for a wall between the countries, a project Mexico opposes.

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