January 16th, 2005

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How to best help tsunami victims? Let them work in the U.S.

Via Marginal Revolution
http://www.reason.com/hod/ww011405.shtml

Remitting Disaster
Let disaster survivors get back to work—in the USA
Will Wilkinson


How can the United States best help the millions of people who were rocked by the Indian Ocean tsunami? America's generosity has been impressive. The federal government has pledged $350 million; private, voluntary donations from Americans will soon surpass that amount. American helicopters and aid workers have been critical for rendering aid in the aftermath of the disaster. All this will help.

But there is something more we can do that will have long-term positive benefits for the citizens of tsunami-battered nations—something that will buy us goodwill but cost us almost nothing.

Let them work in the U.S.

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