IOM Azerbaijan celebrates International Day of Family Remittances
16 June 2022
- On the occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances, which is celebrated around the globe on June 16 each year, IOM Azerbaijan salutes all Azerbaijani migrants working abroad, as well as the migrants working in Azerbaijan, for their dedication in providing financial support to their families via sending remittances back home.
This day is declared by the United Nations General Assembly resolution of 2018, and it is a great chance to reiterate that remittances are vital source of income for many people, particularly in rural areas, and an engine for socio-economic growth and development of the countries around the world. “In addition to the economic benefits from sending remittances, migrants are also contributing with their ‘social and cultural remittances’ – which is the constant flow and transfer of their knowledge, experiences, skills, ideas, and cultural values that they regularly transmit back to their people in the country of origin, and this have even more wider development impact to the larger community,” said Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of IOM Azerbaijan.
“While paying for essential items and funding human capital development is arguably the most important function of remittances, studies also show that up to $190 billion can be leveraged for local investment and development.” -IOM Director General António Vitorino on International Day of Family Remittances.
The IOM Azerbaijan in collaboration with the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan also contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to remittances (SDG 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth) via implementation of “Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits of Remittances in Azerbaijan” project, which is fully in line with the Azerbaijan UNSDCF Priority area 1: Inclusive Growth that reduces Vulnerabilities and Build Resilience.
On this occasion IOM Azerbaijan commends the work of the government, banks, private sector and development partners on promotion of digital and financial inclusion and calls upon them to spare no effort in continuing to improve the digital money transfers and assist migrants to send their remittances in a safe and less costly settings.