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.

Exporting People

A worsening economic crisis could spur the poor to seek jobs in new lands – or even to return home
Joseph Chamie
January 21, 2009

Resident Non-Immigrants in US: 1 in 4 Is From India

Asians represent half of non-immigrant temporary workers and students in 2012
Chidanand Rajghatta
April 21, 2014

Jobs Across the Web

Temp labor goes global
Nayan Chanda
March 13, 2014

Desis Are Rising Up the Technology Ladder

Immigration aids Indian tech workers in adapting to fast changes in tech industry
Sujit John
February 26, 2014

Laos in Danger of Losing Jobs, Culture as Chinese Pour In

Unusual report from Chinese newspaper reflects on rapid loss of culture and control
Ken Quimbach
February 19, 2014

Where We Go From Here

NAFTA can’t resolve all economic challenges
Ernesto Zedillo
February 17, 2014