Migration and remittances in Macedonia
Macedonians have long tradition of migrations. Although the most popular destinations are recognized, the number of emigrants living abroad is unknown. Public statistics are incomplete and only indirect estimations are available. IMF (2006) states that rough estimations give the figure of ½ million of Macedonians living abroad – it would represent 20-25% of population. Whatever is the size of emigration, they significantly influence domestic policy by the transfers of remittances.