International remittances play an essential role in supporting economic development and policy objectives related to financial inclusion. To achieve this aim, international remittances have received considerable attention from policymakers, international financial institutions and global standard setters over the past two decades. Notwithstanding these efforts, there continue to be barriers to efficient cross-border remittances.
This BIS paper aims to shed light on current conditions in international remittances and challenges from a financial inclusion perspective. The paper takes stock of such conditions and attempts to pinpoint areas where progress has been most challenging. It also identifies reasons for remaining obstacles and highlights ongoing initiatives to address them.