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Remittances sent abroad from Saudi Arabia, in millions of US$ (2006-2012)

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2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 *
remittances paid 15.943 16.436 21.696 26.470 27.069 28.475 29.493

Source: SAMA Quarterly Statistical Bulletin, 1st quarter 2013.

* Preliminary




1. Definition:


Personal remittances is the sum of “personal transfers” (which includes workers’ remittances) and “compensation of employees”, listed in the balance of payments.


2. Institution which provides data


Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the Central Bank of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


3. Data availability


The balance of payments is published in SAMA Quarterly Statistical Bulletin, available online in English in PDF and Excel formats:

(no back issues and data prior to 2006 are available on the web site of SAMA).

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