How American immigrants change the rest of the world

What we’re ignoring in the great debate over our borders

The World Bank estimates that in 2011, immigrants living in America were responsible for $120 billion in remittances flowing to their home countries. The size of the circles below reflect the amount of remittances in billions, with the top 10 recipients highlights.
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SOURCES: World Bank IMP Balance of Payments Statistics database and data releases from central banks, national statistics agencies

Alvin Chang / Globe Staff