Argument: Migrant remittances are growing and need greater protections
- Debate: UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families
- Debate: Nations should increase economic and social protections for migrants
Jason Deparle. "Global Migration: A World Ever More on the Move." New York Times. June 26th, 2010: "the money involved, which not only sustains the families left behind but props up national economies. Migrants sent home $317 billion last year — three times the world’s total foreign aid. In at least seven countries, remittances account for more than a quarter of the gross domestic product."
Bangladesh secretary of the expatriate welfare ministry Ilias Ahmed, said in 2009: "Eleven percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) comes from the remittance of the migrant workers. So, it is important to protect their rights."