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.

Unwanted Immigrants: America’s Deportation Dilemma

Passing immigration laws is easy – moving the uninvited people back home is far more difficult
Joseph Chamie
July 27, 2010

The World at Play: Soccer Takes on Globalization

The game offers lessons for managing movement of talented professionals around the world
Branko Milanovic
June 15, 2010

Debt and Unemployment: Is Global Capitalism Responsible? – Part II

Lingering high joblessness in US threatens global prosperity
David Dapice
April 26, 2010

Public and Government Views on Migration Diverge

Turmoil likely until the costs and benefits of immigration are addressed frankly
Joseph Chamie
October 16, 2009

Thai Workers Fly to Sweden Where the Wild Berries Are

Temporary work by thousands offer jam for Swedes and earning for Thais
Bertil Lintner
September 23, 2009

Will the Crisis Reverse Global Migration?

The crisis will affect migration, but less than feared and in more complex ways
Jayati Ghosh
July 14, 2009

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016

Hawaiian Seafood Caught by Foreign Crews Who Are Confined on Boats

US laws permit harsh conditions, low wages and crews of undocumented workers
Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason
September 16, 2016

Despite Fears, Mexico's Manufacturing Boom Lifts US Workers

US multinationals hire an extra 250 US workers for every 100 hired in Mexico
Natalie Kitroeff
September 2, 2016

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

One report suggests that poor vision alone costs the global economy $3 trillion per year
James Chen
September 1, 2016

Two Faces of Global Trade

Globalization leads to both fierce competition that threatens jobs and innovation that creates them
Nayan Chanda
August 30, 2016