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Kenyan Diaspora Records Surge in Remittances, Boosting Economy

Recent data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) underscores a notable increase in remittance inflows from Kenyans living abroad, reaching a record high of Sh52 billion last month. This represents a substantial 24.8% surge compared to the same period in the previous year, reflecting the resilience and commitment of the Kenyan diaspora amidst global economic challenges.

Cumulative remittance inflows for the 12 months leading up to February 2024 totaled an impressive $4,330 million (Sh584 billion), with Kenyans based in the United States emerging as the primary contributors, accounting for over half of the total remittances.

Despite initial concerns regarding potential declines amid rising global prices, Kenyans abroad have sustained their support for their families back home. These remittances not only bolster household incomes but also contribute to strengthening the country’s foreign currency reserves.

Recognizing the critical role of remittances in poverty alleviation and enhancing access to education and healthcare, stakeholders highlight their profound impact on recipient households.

While the reopening of host economies following COVID-19 restrictions has provided some relief for migrants’ employment prospects, challenges persist due to the impact of rising global prices on migrants’ real incomes.

In response to these developments, policymakers are urged to capitalize on the significant contributions of remittances to foster sustainable development and resilience amidst ongoing economic uncertainties.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

18th March, 2024

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