Migrants from low- and middle-income countries sent home $466bn in 2017, an increase of 8.5% on the year before. That followed two consecutive years of decline. Remittance inflows increased in all regions last year; the same is expected in 2018, albeit at a slower pace. The rebound has been driven partly by faster global growth, and partly by better employment prospects for migrants in oil-exporting economies. Remittances are now worth more than three times the value of official development assistance, which came to $159bn last year. India remains the top recipient in dollar terms; inflows totalled $69bn. As a share of GDP, Kyrgyzstan comes top: remittances were a staggering 35% of output in 2017.