Immigration

Aid Can Curb Migration. The Question Is How.

Rich countries should discourage refugees by helping them, not by stopping them.

Should this change aid?

Photographer: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Developed countries spend $135 billion a year on foreign aid, on everything from building schools and distributing bed nets to training people how to organize a political party. As Europe's migration crisis deepens, an uncomfortable question gets harder to ignore: Should rich countries use more of that money to keep people away?

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