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Kenyan Diaspora Remittances Soar by 19% in Q1 2024 Amid Easing Global Inflation

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 17, 2024

 Record-Breaking Remittances

US Leads in Contributions: The United States continues to be the primary source of these remittances, contributing 56% of the total in March 2024 alone—a significant increase from the 54% recorded in the preceding months. This contribution underscores the pivotal role of the Kenyan diaspora in the US in supporting the Kenyan economy.
The increased remittances have played a crucial role in stabilizing the Kenyan shilling by bolstering the supply side of the dollar

In a significant economic development, Kenyan diaspora remittances have witnessed a robust increase of 19% in the first quarter of 2024. According to recent data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Kenyans residing overseas have sent home an impressive $1.2 billion (Ksh158 billion) during this period, largely influenced by the easing inflationary pressures in developed economies.

The surge in remittances marks a notable uplift from the $1.02 billion (Ksh133.6 billion) recorded in the first quarter of 2023. The January 2024 remittances reached an all-time monthly high of $412.4 million (Ksh53.8 billion), setting a strong pace for the quarter. This was closely followed by $407.8 million (Ksh53.2 billion) in March and $385.9 million (Ksh50.3 billion) in February.


These increased remittances have played a crucial role in stabilizing the Kenyan shilling by bolstering the supply side of the dollar. This economic influx has proven essential in counteracting the demand pressures from importers, who require substantial dollar reserves to facilitate their transactions.


The United States continues to be the primary source of these remittances, contributing 56% of the total in March 2024 alone—a significant increase from the 54% recorded in the preceding months. This contribution underscores the pivotal role of the Kenyan diaspora in the US in supporting the Kenyan economy.


The first quarter of 2024 has set a promising tone for Kenya’s economic interactions with its diaspora, highlighting the critical role of remittances in the national economy. As global economic conditions continue to stabilize, the inflow of remittances is expected to maintain its upward trajectory, providing a vital buffer against external economic shocks.



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