Economic and Social remittances (IOM-MMC Webinar Series)

Virtual (Zoom)

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The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Data Hub for the East and Horn of Africa and the Mixed Migration Centre’s (MMC) Eastern and Southern Africa | Egypt and Yemen Hub are organizing a webinar series over the course of 2023 with the aim to examine the latest research and evidence on key migration trends and dynamics impacting the region. This series also seeks to provide a platform for discussion and information-sharing among policy actors and humanitarian and development actors working with migrants and refugees.

IOM and MMC are pleased to invite you to the third webinar of the series Economic and Social Remittances | How Monetary and Social Remittances Shape Migration Flows and the Economic Ramification Caused by COVID-19 on Households Relying on Remittances in Ethiopia which will take place on Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 14:00–15:00 EAT (13:00–14:00 CET).

Economic remittances from abroad are a vital lifeline for households in the region and across Africa who rely on remittances to cover their basic needs such as food, education and housing. As opposed to money transfers, social remittances refer to the transfer of ideas, images, beliefs and behaviours that play a key role in perpetuating migration. This webinar will present key findings from research conducted by the Regional Data Hub in communities of high emigration in Ethiopia and explore the role of both monetary and social remittances in shaping migration flows as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on households reliant on remittances. This webinar will also discuss trends at the global and regional level, informal remittances and how to optimize migrants’ remittances to promote development.


Opening remarksLaura Nistri, Regional Data Hub Coordinator for the East and Horn of Africa, IOMPresentation of key findingsNaomi Burnett, Regional Data Hub Analyst for the East and Horn of Africa, IOMDiscussant remarksDavid Berno, Remittances and Inclusive Digital Finance Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)