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Aid to Asia from Families Abroad: The Role of Remittances in Post-Tsunami Relief

Press Release
Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Aid to Asia from Families Abroad: The Role of Remittances in Post-Tsunami Relief

With estimates of more than two million people displaced in tsunami-devastated Asia, financial aid from migrants abroad will play a critical role in immediate humanitarian aid and long-term reconstruction.

The Migration Information Source, an online resource at www.migrationinformation.org, provides a collection of articles that outline the role of remittances in assisting countries of origin as well as the impact that the devastation is likely to have on migration debates.  It also features data on immigrants in the United States from affected countries, including states where migrants have settled.

Immigrants from Tsunami-Affected Countries in the United States
 

Indonesia

74,056

Sri Lanka

25,380

India

1,027,144

Thailand

168,847

Somalia

36,139

Myanmar

33,905

Maldives

n/a

Malaysia

49,883

Tanzania

11,025

Bangladesh

91,440

Kenya

41,081

Source: Census 2000 Five Percent Public Use Microdata Sample

"Migrants have long contributed to the welfare of those in their home countries through remittances, and I expect that one of the greatest forces for aid to Asian countries in this time of crisis will be immigrants who give generously and motivate others in the community to do the same," said Source Managing Editor Kimberly Hamilton. 

Articles in The Source collection include:

"Minimizing Development-Induced Displacement"

"Indonesia's Labor Looks Abroad"

"Understanding the Importance of Remittances"

"Migration as a Factor in Development and Poverty Reduction"

"Soaring Remittances Raise New Issues"

Who’s Where in the United States? 
Data on Number of Immigrants in Each State by Country of Origin