Emigration as disaster relief
This page builds on ideas developed in the ghosts versus zombies page. In that page, it is noted that certain “shocks” can substantially shrink the desired populations of specific regions, and that one way of reaching an equilibrium is to allow people to emigrate from those regions to other regions with higher desired populations. If such emigration is not allowed, the regions become “zombies” and the people suffer.
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and large-scale droughts could result in such shocks, particularly if their negative effects are widespread. Thus, freer emigration in the face of such natural disasters could help with relief and recovery from the disaster.
- Migration as a Tool for Disaster Recovery Initiative of the Center for Global Development.
- Migration as a Tool for Disaster Recovery: A Case Study on U.S. Policy Options for Post-Earthquake Haiti, a working paper by Royce Bernstein Murray and Sarah Petrin Williamson for the Center for Global Development.
- Emigration: the solution to Haiti’s woes?, a page on this website that reviews the conversation on emigration as a solution to Haiti’s woes in the wake of its January 2010 earthquake.