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3 September 2008
Of all aspects of international migration, remittances are the least controversial. Labour-receiving countries welcome and encourage them, since they signal a continuing attachment of the migrant worker to the country of origin, and possibly a disposition to eventually return home. Moreover, remittances tend be perceived as a substitute for aid. In this logic any increase in volume reduces the pressure to increase ODA. Labour-sending countries for their part welcome remittances as an important source of foreign exchange.