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.

Job Losses Pose a Threat to Stability Worldwide

Job losses from the recession cause global instability
Nelson D. Schwartz
February 19, 2009

Why Skilled Immigrants Are Leaving the U.S.

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

A Time of Troubles and Protest

Global economic recession reduces jobs and fuels protests and potential unrest
January 30, 2009

For Russia's Migrants, Economic Despair Douses Flickers of Hope

Russian migrants are facing increasing hardship as the country’s economy declines
Michael Schwirtz
February 16, 2009

Statistics Chief Karen Dunnell Inflames Row Over Foreign Workers

Ignorance is not bliss though, during a global economic crisis
Sam Coates
February 12, 2009