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

Immigration is Changing the Face of Suburban America

Atlanta's experience shows that migrants can help revitalize once-languishing local economies
William G. Holt, III
July 6, 2004

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

China's Tech Factories Turn to Student Labor

Migrant labor does not head to low-wage factories in Chongqing
Eva Dou
September 30, 2014

Theorist Eric Maskin: Globalization Is Increasing Inequality

The highly skilled may not agree that they are truly the best paid
July 15, 2014