Alex Massie

Helping Haiti | 1 February 2010

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How best to help Haiti? Plenty of people will tell you that writing off Haiti's debt would be a good start. And, in truth, there's an argument to be made for doing just that. But no-one should think that will really have much of an impact on Haiti's ability to recover. What might make a difference, then? Letting Haitians leave Haiti, that's what. Alex Tabarrok has a handy chart:

The downside: What if all the best, most energetic people leave? Haiti may be a special, especially awful case but it bears saying that Haitians aren't the only people who would benefit from greater international freedom of movement. Plenty of other third world countries would too.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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