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.

The Underbelly of Globalisation

The Chinese workers who died were victims of cowboy capitalism
Tony Woodley
February 7, 2004

Education Is No Protection

Upscale outsourcing is a big threat to the long-term US economy
Bob Herbert
January 26, 2004

Outsourcing’s Appeal Grows During Volatile Times

Hiring outsiders allows businesses to specialize and remain flexible to fast-changing economic conditions
Melanie Rodier
January 23, 2009

The Reverse Swing

A mass reverse migration of workers could prolong the bitterness that comes with economic crisis
Nayan Chanda
February 16, 2009

Made in America

“Buy American” provisions may provide job security to some, but protectionism will stunt global trade
Nayan Chanda
February 6, 2009

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