Remittance services in Norway

Led by Jørgen Carling

Mar 2007 – Dec 2007

This project will document which opportunities immigrants in Norway have for sending money to their countries of origin. By accounting for the quality of existing services, it can identify needs for policy changes and promote consumer consciousness among remittance-senders. International policy initiatives on migrant remittances have concentrated on lowering costs and eliminating the need to use illegal services. In Norway, there is no systematic information available about immigrants’ possibilities for sending remittances. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that services in Norway offer less choice and higher prices than in other European countries. Some groups probably lack legal options for sending remittances. This project generates highly specific, technical information which feeds into analyses of larger questions concerning migrant transnationalism and the development impacts of remittances.

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