Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

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Hong Kong activists influence migrant workers in nearby Guangdong to demand enforcement of China’s labor laws
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Branko Milanovic
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Rethinking Labor Mobility

Mobility is not simply relocating, and requires new social and psychological mindsets
Harold James
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A Tale of Two Middle Classes

Rapid development of robots gives middle classes everywhere reason to be nervous
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To fulfill job promises, Trump must curtail automation and productivity
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Unions strive to increase minimum wage and improve working conditions
Alice Evans
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