The global financial crisis and the recession are affecting the lives of people across the world.
It is cutting the money foreign workers send back home to their families, which are also known as remittances. Many migrant workers have also lost their jobs
The sums involved are huge - the money sent back by the world's 200 million migrant workers amounts to roughly $300bn - and this is particularly important for some poorer economies, as the BBC's Mark Gregory reports for the BBC's Taking the Pulse of the Global Economy.
First broadcast on 17 June 2009