With Bitcoin being able to avoid large fees from companies like Western Union (Sometimes >25%!) and currency exchange fees, it’s easy to see how Bitcoin is already having an effect on “Remittance” markets..
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.