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.

A Matter of More Than Economics

Sizable immigration is more of a choice on what kind of country one desires to inhabit
Martin Wolf
April 13, 2004

Rigid Unions Help Paralyze Economy

The German Union Federation will not sing the praises of the benefits of increasing international division of labor
Heike Göbel
April 9, 2004

Wait for US Residency Soars Over 18 Month Span

Immigrants: Stay home, it's not worth the wait
Nina Bernstein
April 6, 2004

A Tale of Two Cities

The wave of jobs heading offshore causes wrenching loss--and produces enticing gains
Kerry A. Dolan
March 29, 2004

Small and Smaller

Globalization has shrunk economic space for a third time
Thomas L. Friedman
March 4, 2004