Labor Mobility and Remittances in Asia and the Pacific during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic


Strict lockdowns and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic brought cross-border labor mobility to a halt, resulting in large-scale return migration while also curtailing the new deployment of migrant workers.

This ADB brief examines the impact of the pandemic on labor mobility and remittances in the Asia and the Pacific and looks at policy recommendations.


  • Labor mobility during the pandemic: Mass return and slow deployment
  • Remittance trends for 2020 and the first half of 2021
  • Estimating the COVID-19 impact on remittance inflows
  • Way forward and recommended actions

Published December 2021.
Source: Asian Development Bank

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