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Thearticle chosen for this particular analysis is the one that expoundson issues dealing with Haitian diaspora and factors affecting theHaitian economy when it comes to the population living in diaspora. There are several questions that need to be addressed in order toconclusively make inferences as to the real situation and how it canbe dealt with. Some of these questions can be answered in such waysas follows according to the articles cited in Engaging the HaitianDiaspora. (2013),Retrievedfrom http://cgsd.columbia.edu/files

  1. The central point of focus in the above article is how international migration has affected the Haitian economy. The main argument is that migration of people to places with better opportunities has affected the already poor Haiti economy in a significant way. Haiti is basically a middle-class economy but the movement of people to other neighboring countries and especially considering that the majority who migrate are the educated means that Haiti is continually drained off the little it produces in terms of manpower. This in turn leads to a poor economy.

  2. The main bone of contention in this piece is the issues affecting the economy of Haiti and especially in reference to the problem with international migration of manpower resources and how the diasporic community can be involved in the development of the declining Haiti economy due to lack of skilled human resources.

  3. The central claim in this document centers on the belief that the Haiti community living in the diaspora should contribute towards the economic development of Haiti. This argument is supported by the fact that majority of the diaspora community is composed of educated and skilled people who should participate in the economic development process by taking up responsibilities in their native Haiti

  4. According to Engaging the Haitian Diaspora (2013, p. 8), there is a clear indication that Haiti would love to have the effect of working with its diaspora community to facilitate economic growth. This is aided by the fact that most of the Haitians living abroad are professionals and at such would be of great help in building the economy not just by sending remittances but by being involved at personal level due to their skills.

  5. The article I selected is convincing enough because it addresses the real situation faced by Haiti. Some of the factors that elevate the situation further include the fact that Haiti is bordered by countries that have better economies and better living standards and this serves to attract the educated Haitians who feel they deserve better living conditions.

  6. The article I chose to write on is interesting. This is because it discusses a situation that is common in many middle-economy countries. The article serves only to prove that the reason why these economies decline is not due to lack of skilled personnel but due to the migration of the skilled manpower to countries with better economies and higher living standards.

  7. The information contained in this article does not impact my community to a significant level mostly because the United States is a developed nation and it is hard for skilled people to migrate in search of better economic and living conditions. The main reason why skilled people would migrate from the United States would be to fulfil personal adventure needs but not in search of a better source of livelihood. Thus it would be appropriate to state that the article mostly refers to situations prevalent in middle-level economies.


Themain purpose of this article is to expound on the factors affectingthe Haiti economy and especially with particular emphasis on theeffectiveness of the skilled personnel living in the diaspora. Thisis evidenced by the specific statistics the writer put forth toexplain the dynamics involved in the aforementioned scenario.Engaging the Haitian Diaspora (2013, p. 6)

Thearticle places some rather heavy emphasis on the effect of having alarge workforce but which is not settled in the home country. Thesituation is aggravated further by the fact that Haiti has a highpopulation growth rate but which does not help the situation.Overall, the diaspora community has a positive effect on the economyof Haiti even when it is clear that majority of the skilled personneldoes not live in Haiti.

Initially,the writer makes the assumption that a large workforce residing inforeign countries does not help in the economic growth of the homecountry. This argument is biased because in the case of Haiti thediaspora community helps in the economic development as evidenced bythe GDP figures given in Engaging the Haitian Diaspora (2013, p. 10).

Theevidence given prove that the diaspora community can be effective butit does not prove beyond reasonable doubt how the diaspora communitycan be used to maximum effect to help in economic growth. It isconclusive to say that diaspora community is effective but thatmassive workforce can be more effective if residing in the homecountry.

References:Engaging the Haitian Diaspora (2013) http://cgsd.columbia.edu/files




Theintroduction does not really bring out the intention of the writerclearly because the article is divided between fully supporting theidea of having a skilled diaspora community but in the end theconclusion varies from that direction slightly as evidenced by theintroductory phrase. The work can be easily understood and followedthroughout the essay and it is easy for the reader to follow thewriters’ line of thought. The transition from one phase to thenext is perfect and the main points expressed are flowing in alogical manner that is very effective.

DevelopmentStyle and Support

Allthe ideas presented are persuasive and they are relevant. There arevaried sentence structures and the style employed is appropriate forthe audience being addressed.

References:Engagingthe Haitian Diaspora, (2013) retrievedfromhttp://cgsd.columbia.edu/files

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