Remittances from Pakistanis living abroad continued to grow and hit all-time high in March with $2.8 billion, extending support to foreign exchange reserves and rupee against the US dollar.
“This is the highest ever monthly level for workers’ remittances,” State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported on Thursday.
Cumulatively, the remittances have risen to $23 billion in the first nine months of the current fiscal year 2021-22, up by 7.1 percent over the same period of previous year, it added.
Historical trends suggested that overseas Pakistanis sent record high remittances during the month of Ramazan and Eid festivals every year, according to experts.
With the latest inflows of $2.8 billion, the workers’ remittances continued their unprecedented run of remaining above $2 billion since June 2020, the SBP said.
In terms of growth, during March 2022, remittances increased 28.3 percent on a month-on-month basis compared to February and up by 3.2 percent compared to March 2021.
Remittances inflows during March 2022 were mainly sourced from Saudi Arabia ($678 million), United Arab Emirates ($515 million), United Kingdom ($401 million) and United States ($300 million), the central bank said.