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Public Opinion Study of Remittance Recipients in Brazil April – May 2004


I. Demographics of Remittance Recipients (RR’s) Gender 35%

Men

Women

65%

2


Age 18-24

27%

25-35

25%

36-49

27%

50-64 65+ 0%

16% 5% 5%

10%

15%

20%

25% 3

30%


Education 21% Primary school

35%

Secondary school

University

44% 4


Household Annual Income (in US dollars) Less than $10,000

59%

$10,000 - $20,000 More than $20,000

12%

6%

No answer 0%

23% 10%

20%

30%

40%

50% 5

60%

70%


Country of Remittance Senders 2% 19%

United States

48%

European countries* Japan

31% *Portugal, Italy, England, Spain, Germany and France 6 **Canada, Argentina, Australia and Chile

Other countries**


Relationship of Remittance Senders Father / Mother

9%

Brother / Sister

33%

Husband / Wife

7%

Son / Daughter

19%

Other

32% 0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25% 7

30%

35%


Regions of Brazil

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Remittance Recipients by Regions of Brazil 3% Southeast

39%

South

58% Rest of Country

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States and Cities with Concentrations of Remittance Recipients  Southeast

 Southeast

o Sao Paolo

o Minas Gerais

       

   

Atibaia Cafelandia Embu Jaguaruna Mogi das Cruces Presidente Prudente Rio Claro Sao Paolo

 South o Santa Catarina

o Rio de Janeiro

Belo Horizonte  Blumenau Caratinga  Cocal do Sol Governador Valadares  Criciuma Pescador  Florianopolis  Gaspar  South  Joinville o Parana  Santo Antonio do Pontal  Curitiba  Sideropolis  Lapa

 Nova Friburgo  Petropolis  Rio de Janeiro

 Maringa  Pato Branco  Prudentopolis

o Rio Grande do Sul  Sao Leopoldo


How frequently do you communicate with this family member by telephone or the Internet? 22%

26%

Once a week or more

Once a month

A few times a year

32%

20%

Once a year or less

11


Do you have a bank account?

37%

Yes

63%

No

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II. Major Findings • The IDB study indicates that approximately 1.3 million Brazilians receive remittances from their relatives living outside of Brazil on a regular basis. • This IDB estimate is based on a Brazilian adult population of 110 million (IBGE – Brazil Census 2000) and poll results which show that 1.2% of Brazilian adults receive remittances regularly from abroad.


II. Major Findings (cont’d.) • The average Brazilian RR receives 9.7 remittances annually. • The average Brazilian RR receives $428 with each remittance. • This IDB study estimates that Brazilians receive approximately $5.4

billion in remittances annually.


How frequently does this family member send you money? Once a month or more

44%

Every 2 - 3 months Every 4 - 6 months

15%

8%

Once a year or less 0%

35% 10%

20%

30%

40% 15

50%


For how many years has this family member been sending you money? Less than a year

20%

Between 1 and 3 years

42%

Between 3 and 5 years

14%

More than 5 years 0%

24% 10%

20%

30%

40% 16

50%


How much money – on average – do you receive with each remittance? Less than $100

25%

$101 to $200

17%

$201 to $500

24%

$501 to $1,000

26%

More than $1,000 0%

8% 5%

10%

15%

20%

25% 17

30%


How much money – on average – do you receive with each remittance? Less than $100

30%

1%

55% 52%

$101 to $500 13%

$501 to $1,000 More than $1,000 0%

2%

28%

United States / Europe

Japan

19%

10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 18


How is the remittance sent? Bank

53%

International remittance company Credit union Courier / Mail / Other 0%

29%

8%

10% 10%

20%

30%

40%

50% 19

60%


Over the last two years, has the remittance increased, decreased, or stayed the same? 9% Increased

28%

Decreased

63% Stayed the same

20


Has your life improved as a result of receiving remittances?

Life has improved

40%

60%

Life has stayed the same

21


Usage of Remittances 46%

Daily expenditures

15%

Luxuries

13%

Education

10%

Business investments Savings Property

0%

9% 7% 10%

20%

30%

40% 22

50%


Are you thinking about leaving Brazil?

Yes

41%

59%

No

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III. Methodology • The results and findings in this report are based on: 1) 2,000 door-to-door interviews conducted in Brazil during April of 2004. This sample was designed to be representative of the Brazilian adult population. 2) 1,500 telephone interviews conducted in Brazilian cities with a high concentration of remittance recipients during May of 2004.

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