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Migration as a Tool for Disaster Recovery

This work has now concluded.

CGD studied how governments can use international migration to help developing countries recover after natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake CGD worked to have Haiti added to the US temporary work visa program, allowing Haitian laborers to work on US farms, without displacing US workers. Our evaluation showed wins for both countries: each Haitian added $4000 to the US economy per month, and $3000 to Haiti’s.

CGD’s work on migration as a tool for disaster recovery is part of our program on Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy.

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