New Study: Somali-Americans send estimated annual $215 million in remittances

Twin Cities Daily Planet, 6 September 2013, Ibrahim Hirsi

Since the civil war erupted in Somalia more than two decades ago, thousands of families have flocked to the United States and left some of their loved ones in the war-ravaged country, which now has one of the highest unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.

With their minds on those left behind, Somali-Americans have been sending a share of their paychecks in remittances, which amount to almost the annual aid the United States government sends to Somalia each year, according to a new study.

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