The world’s 266 million migrant workers sent a record $466 billion to developing countries last year following two consecutive declines and the money bound for home this year is projected to increase to $485 billion, according to the World Bank.
The countries with the largest inflows in 2017 were India with $69 billion, China at $64 billion, the Philippines $33 billion and Mexico $31 billion.
The largest outflows were from the U.S. at $67 billion and Saudi Arabia at $38 billion, based on 2016 data.
The top destinations for remittances from the U.S. — which has led the world in remittances for 35 years — are Mexico, China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The share of foreign workers, however, is higher in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar where about four out of every five workers is from abroad.