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.

Expat Perks Drying Up - Even for S'poreans Abroad

Trend in places like China is towards pay on local terms
Chuang Peck Ming
March 9, 2004

The Underbelly of Globalisation

The Chinese workers who died were victims of cowboy capitalism
Tony Woodley
February 7, 2004

Outsourcing’s Appeal Grows During Volatile Times

Hiring outsiders allows businesses to specialize and remain flexible to fast-changing economic conditions
Melanie Rodier
January 23, 2009

Cost Differentials and Labour Flexibility Mean Opportunity for Outsourcing

Backlash in US and UK won't stop the flow of jobs to India
Edward Alden
January 28, 2004

Asylum Applications Down 41%

UK also plans tough measures to discourage 'benefit migrants'
Matthew Tempest
February 24, 2004