The IREM 2021 International Remittances Conference invites contributions from academia, industry and policy makers.

9-10 September 2021 ONLINE & London, UK

Remittances have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 18 months after the outbreak of the new coronavirus, we have now some evidence to assess the impact and discuss the future of remittances and migration in the world.

As widely accepted remittances play a vital role in development and sustainability in migrant-sending countries, some of which are heavily reliant on remittances income. Families left behind and communities of origin benefit most from these small amounts of money sent. They are not necessarily among the most vulnerable but during the pandemic, the uneven impact has been felt around the world.

Migrant workers have faced risks of reduced income, unemployment as well as health risks in destinations especially those in precarious jobs became vulnerable. At the same time, they have to manage the increasing demand for support for their families left behind.

The topics to be covered and welcomed at IREM 2021 includes, but not limited to, remittances patterns, remittance practices, remittances and development, money transfers and regulationcost of sending remittances, social remittances, cultural remittances, remittances within Global South, remittances received in high income countriesrefugees and remittances, irregular migration and remittances, remittances and incomegender and remittances, ethnicity and religion and remittances, remittances and conflict zones, remittances and terrorism, remittances and art.

The IREM 2021 will be a venue to continue the debate over remittances and prospects for the future. Keynote speakers at the conference will include many distinguished scholars, policy makers and practitioners in the field and will be led by the editors of Remittances Review journal.

Professor Philip L. Martin, Professor Jeffrey H. Cohen, and Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci will lead and moderate the debates.

Venue: The IREM 2021 will be hosted online with some face to face events. The hosts will be the International British Business School, Remittances Review, and the Ming-Ai Institute. IREM 2021 is also supported by Transnational Press London.

Abstract submission deadline: 17 July 2021 | Email your abstract to:

Conference dates: 9-10 September 2021

Virtual Platform: MS Teams

Registration opens: 15 May 2021 | Delegate Registration Fee: £775

IREM 2021 Conference Speakers Programme

9 September 2021Day One

  • 09.00 – 10.00: Opening speeches
  • 10.00 – 11.00: Remittances during the Pandemic
  • 11.30 – 12.30: Social remittances


  • 14.00 – 15.30: Money transfers and regulation
  • 16.00 – 17.30: Remittances for families and communities

10 September 2021Day Two

  • 10.00 – 11.00: Global governance of remittances
  • 11.30 – 12.30: Agriculture and remittances


  • 14.00 – 15.30: Domestic remittances
  • 16.00 – 17.30: Cryptocurrencies and remittances