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.

Like Wages for Chocolate

Failing to pay living wages to African farmers growing cocoa risks turning them against the West
Humphrey Hawksley
August 21, 2007

Chinese Migration Goes Global

Migrants from the world’s most populous nation influence more than 150 countries
Peter Kwong
July 17, 2007

Flattening World Challenges Imagination

Global climate change intensified by globalization will create new types of jobs, says Thomas Friedman
April 13, 2007

Transcript of Flattening World Challenges Imagination

Global climate change intensified by globalization will create new types of jobs, says Thomas Friedman
April 13, 2007

Why “Fair Trade” Could Backfire for the US

Rather than erect trade barriers, the US must tackle its own bad habits
David Dapice
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Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure

In providing jobs for millions of Africans, the globalized chocolate industry must also avoid engaging child labor
Susan Ariel Aaronson
March 13, 2007

The Bitter Story Behind the UK's National Drink

Investigation describes poor housing and sanitation, low wages and child labor
Justin Rowlatt and Jane Deith
September 11, 2015

Indonesia Nabs Ship Believed to Carry Slave-Caught Fish

Associated Press tracked trawler with satellite beacon and alerted Indonesian authorities
Margie Mason
August 18, 2015

Indian Rapper “Overwhelmed” by Success of Protest Song Against Unilever

Company questions if poisoning is linked to work at thermometer factory
August 11, 2015

Be Honest: You Don't Care If Your Pretty Dress Was Made by Child Slaves

Shoppers can't resist a bargain
Julia Hartley-Brewer
July 30, 2015

Is Uber a Threat to Democracy?

Innovative providers and cost-conscious consumers cut out middlemen, regulations and taxes
Kemal Derviş
July 27, 2015