IDFR 2020


COVID-19 has changed the world. Millions of migrant workers are losing their jobs, and many remittance families are suddenly pushed below the poverty line, bringing to a halt efforts to reach their own individual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 19 March 2020, the UN Secretary-General called for global solidarity in responding to the coronavirus crisis stating “remittances are a lifeline in the developing world – especially now”.

Now, more than ever, the IDFR observance presents an invaluable opportunity to recognize the key role family remittances play on the wellbeing of millions of families and on the sustainable development of their local communities. That is why this year’s IDFR is calling upon governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations to support migrant workers and their families in building resilience at this time of crisis.

ACTING AS ONE. IDFR2020 is a unique opportunity to come together to address the needs of ONE BILLION people on earth. In doing so, we must build a system that prepares for the future beyond immediate needs. The new reality will require innovative thinking and structural changes in response to the likely prolonged and pervasive impact of COVID-19.