Study: Mobile international remittances expected to exceed $25B by 2018

A new study from Juniper Research has found that international remittances — including airtime top-ups — via mobile phone will exceed $25 billion by 2018, up 67 percent from an estimated $15 billion in 2015, according to a press release about the report.

The research found a significant upsurge in international remittance activity in the past two years with a number of cross-border mobile remittance services being deployed. For example, PayPal-owned Xoom announced in April 2016 that it will expand its services to 13 new recipient countries.

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Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go

It’s not a converted industrial warehouse in Brooklyn. Or a stately, century-old building in the Flatiron.
But YC-backed Regalii’s atypical office location up in the Dominican-heavy Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan has given it plenty of insights into its working-class immigrant customer base.
The startup, co-founded by several Latino founders who personally knew the hassles of sending money home, focuses on remittances.

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Sending cash home: mobile money is a gamechanger

Remittances – money sent home by people working abroad – are hugely important in developing countries. In Burundi, they are vital.
Two thirds of this small African nation’s population live on less than $190 a year, so this cash plays a significant role in smoothing volatile, often vulnerable, incomes. The average remittance-receiving family relies on funds from relatives abroad for 61% of household expenditures.

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Made In Africa: Cross-Border Mobile Money Transfer Leaps In East Africa

East Africa has emerged at the leader in mobile payment over the years, with countries like Kenya having more than two-third of its adult population using mobile phones to transact.
With the mobile money market in sub-Saharan Africa expected to double by 2019, lack of interoperability between telecoms operators and cross-border restrictions has stood out as one of the key challenges that face the growth of the revolution.

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Payments via social media to drive mobile money transfer market to 13bn transactions this year

The number of mobile money transfers is expected to increase by nearly 150% in 2015.
A new report from Juniper Research has found that the number of mobile money transfers is expected to increase by nearly 150 per cent in 2015 to more than 13 billion, with several social media firms already seeing a dramatic rise in service usage.

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