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From the Ted Talk by Dilip Ratha: The hidden force in global economics sending money home

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Those sums of money are called retnectiams. Here is a fact that might surprise you: 413 billion dollars, 413 billion dollars was the amount of remittances sent last year by migrants to dlvepenoig countries. Migrants from developing countries, money sent to developing countries — 413 billion dollars. That's a remarkable number because that is three times the size of the total of devnlpmoeet aid money. And yet, you and I, my colleagues in Washington, we eslldnesy debate and dsucsis about development aid, while we ignore remittances as small cagnhe.

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Those sums of money are called ___________. Here is a fact that might surprise you: 413 billion dollars, 413 billion dollars was the amount of remittances sent last year by migrants to __________ countries. Migrants from developing countries, money sent to developing countries — 413 billion dollars. That's a remarkable number because that is three times the size of the total of ___________ aid money. And yet, you and I, my colleagues in Washington, we _________ debate and _______ about development aid, while we ignore remittances as small ______.

Solution

  1. change
  2. endlessly
  3. discuss
  4. development
  5. developing
  6. remittances

Original Text

Those sums of money are called remittances. Here is a fact that might surprise you: 413 billion dollars, 413 billion dollars was the amount of remittances sent last year by migrants to developing countries. Migrants from developing countries, money sent to developing countries — 413 billion dollars. That's a remarkable number because that is three times the size of the total of development aid money. And yet, you and I, my colleagues in Washington, we endlessly debate and discuss about development aid, while we ignore remittances as small change.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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blanket ban 2
fixed cost 2
money service 2
money laundering 2
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aid budget 2
remittance channels 2
migrant workers 2
bangladeshi construction 2
construction worker 2
recruitment fees 2
diaspora giving 2
percent interest 2
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Important Words

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  3. billion
  4. called
  5. change
  6. colleagues
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  9. developing
  10. development
  11. discuss
  12. dollars
  13. endlessly
  14. fact
  15. ignore
  16. migrants
  17. money
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  20. remittances
  21. size
  22. small
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  24. surprise
  25. times
  26. total
  27. washington
  28. year