Netherlands-Surinam Remittances Corridor Study (2005)

The study of the remittance corridor between the Netherlands and Surinam was conducted in 2005 and was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Finance. The remittance corridor study followed the World Bank evaluation guidelines to construct a comprehensive overview of the flow of remittances traveling from Surinamese resident in the Netherlands back to their families and communities of origin. The study involved a household survey in Surinam that assessed remittance-receiving behaviours of respondents (in terms of frequency of remitting, average transfer value, most-used transfer channels, etc). In addition, several interviews with conducted with key stakeholders in both countries. The study also involved a though assessment of the institutions, structures, and linkages within and between the financial sectors in the Netherlands and Surinam. The study culminated in the formulation of a series of recommendations for the Ministry of Finance. Link to external policy reports.