Residence in the context of balance of payments is determined by an entity’s centre of predominant economic interest. As a general guideline it is sufficient to qualify as resident when being present in a territory for one year or more.

Migrants going abroad with the intention to stay and work for one year or longer will accordingly become residents of the host economy.

On the contrary, short trips below one year for recreation or work do not lead to a change in residence. Workers employed under contracts below one year (seasonal workers) or non-residents who commute to work into another economy (border workers) are not considered residents of the host economy, where they are employed.

The criterion of residence is used in balance of payments statistics to determine whether a transaction is relevant for being registered or not. In this context it has to be highlighted that only transactions between residents and non-residents are relevant in the balance of payments, thus excluding all economic activities which are conducted only between residents of an economy (or between non-residents for that sake).

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