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.

Germans Agree to Admit Skilled Immigrants

Liberalized immigration policy is a victory for Schroder and foreigners
May 27, 2004

Innovative India

Please don’t call it outsourcing
April 5, 2004

A Shortage of Seasonal Workers Is Feared

Lawmakers divided on whether or not to increase visas for temporary foreign workers
Eduardo Porter
April 10, 2004

Outsourcing, Turned Inside Out

With foreign direct investment doubling, "insourcing" of jobs into the US is increasing as well
Ken Belson
April 11, 2004

Inflows to the East are a Problem Too

The EU migration debate
Luke Allnutt
April 20, 2004