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.

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

Silicon Valley Expats Spur Innovation in India

A new diaspora of tech workers takes off in search of opportunity
Sean Randolph
September 2, 2010

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Imagine America If Steve Jobs’ Father Was Turned Away Because He Was Syrian

Immigration contributes to US economic success
Nick Hanauer
December 10, 2015

The Long, Uphill Fight to End Restaurant Tipping

International visitors regard the US custom as demeaning and even rude
Peter Moskowitz
October 26, 2015

Matteo Renzi, Scrapper in the Swamp

Reforms are not yet adding jobs for young Italians
Joji Sakurai
October 19, 2015

The Future of Work: The Risks of Industrial Globalization

Workers are consumers
Evangelina Argueta
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Indian Job Ad Receives 2.3 Million Applicants

A young, educated workforce is expected to boost the economy
Victor Mallet
September 21, 2015

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