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Portugal: The largest recipient of emigrant remittances from the European Union – Eurostat

Portugal is the largest recipient of expatriate workers’ remittances, among the Europe Union Member States, with a total of €3,343 million, according to data (2016) released on Monday by Eurostat.

With the largest share, Portugal is followed by Poland (€3,014 million), the United Kingdom (€2,454 million) and Romania (€2,449 million).

Portuguese expatriate workers residing in France sent the highest remittances (€9,986 million), followed by the United Kingdom (€7,086 million), Spain (€6,765 million) and Germany (€4,214 million). A total of €24,064 million flows of migrants in the European Union.

Amounts sent to non-EU countries by EU residents were at €30.3 billion in 2016. Amounts received from non-EU countries were at €9.9 billion in the same period, compared with €31.3 billion in 2015. The majority of transfers consist of money sent by migrants to their country of origin.

The European Union (EU) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union.


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