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.

Silicon Valley Expats Spur Innovation in India

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

Unwanted Immigrants: America’s Deportation Dilemma

Passing immigration laws is easy – moving the uninvited people back home is far more difficult
Joseph Chamie
July 27, 2010

The World at Play: Soccer Takes on Globalization

The game offers lessons for managing movement of talented professionals around the world
Branko Milanovic
June 15, 2010

Debt and Unemployment: Is Global Capitalism Responsible? – Part II

Lingering high joblessness in US threatens global prosperity
David Dapice
April 26, 2010

Mind the Gap: Public and Government Views on Migration Diverge

Turmoil likely until the costs and benefits of immigration are addressed frankly
Joseph Chamie
October 16, 2009

Thai Workers Fly to Sweden Where the Wild Berries Are

Temporary work by thousands offer jam for Swedes and earning for Thais
Bertil Lintner
September 23, 2009

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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

AI and Robots Threaten to Unleash Mass Unemployment, Scientists Warn

Humans may have more leisure time, but how will they pay for activities and daily necessities?
Clive Cookson
February 16, 2016

As China’s Workforce Dwindles, World Scrambles for Alternatives

Factories invest in robots and other new technologies
Kathy Chu and Bob Davis
December 15, 2015

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

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