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.

Guestworkers: Hard To Turn Off Flow

Demographics force US to confront immigration reform, but guestworkers pose challenges
Jagdish Bhagwati
February 25, 2013

Growth Without Equity Roils South Africa

Rapid growth in South African mining sector has failed to produce jobs or equality
Haroon Bhorat, Morné Oosthuizen, Anne Kamau
February 1, 2013

US Lags in Race for Tech Talent

US sets up roadblocks; other nations offer speedy path for residency to skilled tech workers
Vivek Wadhwa
October 26, 2012

Amid US Outsourcing Fears, India’s IT Firms Thrive

As candidate, Obama blasts outsourcing; as president, he emphasizes exports and cooperation
Patrick Thibodeau
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Some Silicon Valley-Style Pioneers Head East

Returnees fight odds to try startups, giving India boost in innovation
Saritha Rai
October 3, 2012

Beyond Factory Floor: China’s Plan to Nurture Talent

Determined to hone innovation, China reforms education, invests in talent incubators
Xu Liyan, Qiu Jing
September 10, 2012

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Sweating in the Park or in the Factory: Beyoncé’s New Sports Wear Company and Respect for Human Rights

Celebrities can use clothing lines to combat abusive labor practices
Aleydis Nissen
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The Rise of Manufacturing Marks the Fall of Globalization

Robotics could usher in an era of efficient regionalization
Rebecca Keller
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India’s Education Deficit

Modern workplaces confront a skills mismatch
Nayan Chanda
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Out of Africa

Climate change adds to desertification, migration, conflicts and extremism
Thomas L. Friedman
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Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs

Ending NAFTA would help the Chinese auto industry
Eduardo Porter
March 30, 2016

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