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.

Japan's Laborious Dilemma

The island nation faces a population crisis but does not appear to like the possible solution: mass immigration
David McNeill
January 13, 2005

France Hopes to Block the Wave of Globalization

The government plan to stem the flow of jobs abroad could be a futile last stand against the 21st Century
A. Sheshabalaya
September 20, 2004

The Price of Free Trade - Part I

With the abolition of quotas looming in 2005, textile producers like Bangladesh fear losing their advantage
Mustafizur Rahman
September 29, 2004

Tremors of Global Insecurity Reach Shangri-La

Nepal's response to the brutal killings of 12 workers in Iraq threatens the country's vital labor export
Kesang Sherpa
September 27, 2004

Certified Globalization

Private organizations are emerging to monitor and certify global trade flow
Tim Bartley
August 26, 2004

Can Corporations Safeguard Labor and Human Rights?

US-backed corporate social responsibility initiatives could help improve conditions in developing countries
Susan Ariel Aaronson
June 24, 2004

New Fees, Regulations on Tap for Employers of Foreign Workers

New measures put in place after reports of Canadians displaced by foreign skilled workers
Tara Carman
February 23, 2015

Welcome To Brazil: The Effect of Immigration on the Country's Economy

Brazil attractive to skilled immigrants, but lacks robust strategy to retain talent
Arthur Pinheiro Machado
January 9, 2015

Apple “Deeply Offended” by BBC Investigation

Company insists it audits long supply chain
December 23, 2014

10 Insights From a Decade of Measuring the Gender Gap

Inequality in wages, work, leadership lingers for women around the globe
Saadia Zahidi
November 20, 2014

Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

Unions protect workers from exploitation
Tiffany Williams
October 15, 2014