Impact-oriented Migration

One of the loudest echoes in the chamber these days is that increasing migration from poor regions to rich regions would massively increase wellbeing in the world. That seems right, at least on the margin. But I’m curious about the other direction: people moving from rich regions to poor ones.

Is moving to a city in a developing country is an underrated “career move” for altruists? I don’t mean moving to work at a nonprofit or company or on some development project. Just the act of moving, and even just for a few years.

Hypothetical: a well-educated, remote-work-able professional living in the U.S. moves to Lusaka. I’d bet the following would happen, from most to least certain:

The main downside of this idea is that it smells neocolonial. But as long as the people migrating aren’t insufferable saviors or colonizers, it’s hard for me to see how this isn’t net beneficial.

But maybe you see it differently?