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.

US Falls Behind in Global Race for Talent

World’s best and brightest are less keen to study, work or stay in the US
Bruce Stokes
October 17, 2011

Asia Matters for America

The source for hundreds of thousands of US jobs is Asia
Satu Limaye
June 28, 2011

People on the Move – Part I

Failure to contain illegal immigration from North Africa will alter Europe’s political landscape
Joseph Chamie
June 14, 2011

Westward Ho: Asians March Into Africa – Part I

To fuel its own growth, China emerges as Africa’s major trade partner
Johan Lagerkvist
March 16, 2011

Calls Mount Everywhere for Deportation of Illegal Immigrants

With economic crisis and high unemployment rates, governments target illegal immigrants
Joseph Chamie, Barry Mirkin
December 20, 2010

Global “Chop Shops”: Slice, Dice and Outsource

Pharmaceutical companies slice up R&D tasks and scour the globe for cost advantages
Farok J. Contractor
October 27, 2010

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Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs

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

Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

The United States extends the time some international students can stay after graduation
Elizabeth Redden
March 14, 2016

Africa’s Rising Middle Class – And Why It Matters

DIY firms, not multinationals, may be best poised to handle the continent’s diversity
Tom Jackson
February 25, 2016

How Technology Could Unwind a Decade-Long Trend in Global Trade

Robots and automation will shrink supply chains for emerging economies and increase inequality
Luke Kawa
February 24, 2016

Your Job Is About to Get “Taskified”

About one third of US jobs could be organized into tasks for outsourcing, temp work by 2050
Mary L. Gray
February 18, 2016

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