The remittance gap: key findings of a study in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan

by Yvonne Su

There is growing recognition that migrant remittances play a critical role in post-disaster recovery and humanitarian relief. In urban crises, remittances can reach affected households in a matter of days, while humanitarian response can take weeks if not months to arrive. As a result of the promise that remittances hold, the World Humanitarian Summit has embraced the diaspora as emerging and promising stakeholders, thrusting migrant networks and their remittances into the frontlines of humanitarian response. But before we get too carried away, we should take a step back and ask who the winners and losers are in the remittance game. Should people receiving money from their family and friends abroad be eligible for humanitarian support?

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