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Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Remittances as aid

Here's another argument for No Borders. Not sure if it's a socialist or a neolib one. Work-migration is the most effective form of international aid:

Is there a Secret Weapon for Fighting Poverty? | UN Dispatch


Granted, this then brings us straight into the global outsourcing debate. If somebody cleaning floors in Sydney is bringing money to Indonesia, wouldn't an exploitative factory in Jakarta be even more effective?And it's worth remembering that life for gastarbeiter can be pretty shit -- see the recent outrage in the Philippines about torture of Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia.
But...facts, facts, facts.



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