In March 2024, Pakistan witnessed a significant surge in the influx of overseas workers’ remittances, reaching a notable milestone of $3 billion.

This remarkable figure reflects a remarkable 31.3 per cent increase on a month-on-month basis compared to February 2024, when the remittances stood at $2.25 billion.

The latest data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) unveiled this positive trend, highlighting the pivotal role remittances play in Pakistan’s economic landscape.


Year-on-year comparisons also underscored the upward trajectory, with a 16.4 per cent increase noted in March 2024 compared to the same month in the previous year, when remittances amounted to $2.54 billion.

Such consistent growth in remittances holds significance beyond mere monetary figures, as these funds contribute substantially to bolstering the country’s external account and fueling economic activity.

Moreover, they serve as a crucial supplement to the disposable incomes of remittance-dependent households, enhancing their financial resilience.

In a broader fiscal context, the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2024 witnessed a steady rise in workers’ remittances, totaling $21.0 billion.

This marks a modest 0.9 per cent increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous fiscal year, where remittances amounted to $20.8 billion.

Such stability and growth in remittances underscore the resilience of Pakistan’s overseas workforce and their commitment to supporting their families and homeland.

Breaking down the sources of these remittances, Overseas Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia emerged as leading contributors, with remittances totaling $703.1 million in March 2024.

This represents a substantial 30 per cent increase compared to the previous month and a noteworthy 24 per cent increase year-on-year.

Similarly, remittances from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) witnessed a remarkable surge, jumping by 43 per cent on a monthly basis to reach $548 million in March, reflecting a 34 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

The United Kingdom also played a significant role in this surge, with remittances soaring to $462 million in March 2024, marking a notable 33 per cent increase compared to February 2024.

Meanwhile, remittances from the European Union exhibited a robust 19 per cent monthly growth and a 6 per cent year-on-year improvement, amounting to $315 million in March 2024.

Overseas Pakistanis in the United States also contributed significantly, send`ing $373 million in March 2024, reflecting an 18 per cent increase compared to the previous year and a substantial 30 per cent increase month-on-month.