Countries with the Highest Remittances

A remittance is a transfer of money from a foreign worker back to people in their home country. Name the 20 countries which received the greatest net flow of remittances in 2015.
According to the World Bank data, inflows - outflows
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Country
64.0
India
43.5
China
29.6
Philippines
25.4
Mexico
20.0
Nigeria
19.3
Pakistan
17.7
Egypt
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Country
15.3
Bangladesh
11.3
France
9.9
Spain
6.8
Morocco
6.7
Nepal
6.5
Guatemala
6.1
Sri Lanka
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Country
6.0
Belgium
5.2
Ukraine
5.1
Indonesia
4.8
Jordan
4.6
Dominican Republic
4.6
Colombia
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2018
There has to be a joke about a Nigerian prince in here somewhere...
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Level 80
Jan 15, 2018
The appearance of the western European countries is a bit surprising.
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2018
Yeah, they surprised me too.
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Level 16
Jan 16, 2018
Free movement in the EU, means that a lot of people choose to find higher paying jobs in places such as the UK. They often have English as a 2nd language taught from early on, so can earn much more than they potentially could in the same role in Ukraine for example.
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Level 68
Jun 22, 2018
Ukraine isn't in the EU. I expected countries like Poland, Romania and Bulgaria for the reason you mentioned - but they didn't show up. France and Spain did. That surprised me too.
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Level 80
Jan 16, 2018
Surprised France and Belgium make the list while some other European countries do not, and some other places like the USA, Malaysia, Sudan, Vietnam, Russia, Yemen... and I wonder how much money is made by expats and sent back that is off the books. Probably a ton in certain economies.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2018
Is it possible the European countries might be cases of someone whose job is just across the border into the next country from where they live? I know that happens with people who work in different states here in the US, but I have no idea if that would happen in Europe or not.
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Level 16
Jan 16, 2018
Yes this is probably the case. Here in the UK there are a variety of people from all over Europe working in all kinds of jobs. Likely accounts for France, Ukraine etc.
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Level 55
Jan 16, 2018
Yes. this happens with Albanian workers in Greece and Czech workers in Germany. Czech ones may actually cross the border daily, while Albanians can only do so weekly.
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Level 59
Jun 22, 2018
Yes. For instance the Swiss cities Geneva and Basle have entire suburbs across the border inside France, and most people there commute to Switzerland every day. I guess their earnings count as "remittances"? Also virtually all employees in stone-rich Monaco are French.
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Level 48
Jun 24, 2018
This is a good point, as both France and Belgium are French speaking and border each other.
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Level 72
Mar 26, 2018
One of the more difficult quizzes to find the pattern of the answers. Got everything but Jordan, but towards the end I was just randomly typing in countries. Surprised Vietnam didn't make the list.
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Level 80
Jun 22, 2018
The pattern is countries that have a large diaspora working as expats in other countries, but at the same time don't have too many expats from other countries working in them.

Probably helps to have lived and worked in countries that are full of expats earning and remitting money home like the United States and Saudi Arabia. Then you would have run into people from almost all of these places.
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Level 61
Aug 3, 2020
If anything, I'm actually surprised that Bangladesh isn't higher on the list. Remittances are HUGE for South Asian countries... and yeah, I was also expecting Southeast Asian countries to follow a similar pattern so I was surprised only the Philippines and Indonesia made it
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Level 59
Jun 22, 2018
The difference between what I was expecting in this quiz and what was actually there was interesting. I was thinking of countries that were poor, but not so poor that people wouldn't be able to afford to leave. And with high populations. The top eight were therefore expected. But I thought that in richer countries like France and Belgium there would surely be more workers there sending remittances, not receiving them. Didn't consider many others because I thought they would have too low a population.
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Level 65
Jun 22, 2018
A really difficult quiz. I am surprised there was no Vietnam, Turkey or Brazil. In the last seconds I guessed Nepal.
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Level 75
Oct 8, 2018
Great quiz, thanks! Challenging and thought-provoking.