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.

Why Skilled Immigrants Are Leaving the U.S.

US loses skilled immigrants that have fueled innovation and economic growth
Vivek Wadhwa
March 3, 2009

Asylum Applications Down 41%

UK also plans tough measures to discourage 'benefit migrants'
Matthew Tempest
February 24, 2004

Cost Differentials and Labour Flexibility Mean Opportunity for Outsourcing

Backlash in US and UK won't stop the flow of jobs to India
Edward Alden
January 28, 2004

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

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