DHAKA  – Bangladesh’s overall remittance surged to over 8 billion U.S. dollars during the first 8 months of the current fiscal year (July 2011-June 2012), posting 12.15 percent growth year on year, a central bank official said Sunday.

Quoting provisional data, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) official who preferred to be unnamed said, “the flow of inward remittances in July-February period of the current fiscal year stood at 8,414.99 million U.S. dollars.”

He said millions of non-resident Bangladeshis, living and working over 100 countries, remitted home in February $1,130.90 million, nearly 14.58 percent higher than that in the same month a year ago.

The amount of remittance from about 7 million Bangladeshis in the last fiscal year spanning from July 2010 to June 2011, stood at 11.649 billion U.S. dollars against 10.987 billion U.S. dollars in the same period a year earlier, the BB data showed.