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

The Robots Aren’t Threatening Your Job

Public policies do not anticipate how technology affects the workforce
Catherine Rampell
April 10, 2015

The Curse of Chávez’s Ghost

Maduro administration continues unsustainable government spending
María Elena Candia
March 27, 2015

Japan Can’t Close Door on Immigrants

Anti-immigrant sentiments block solutions
Kwan Weng Kin
March 25, 2015

New Fees, Regulations on Tap for Employers of Foreign Workers

New measures put in place after reports of Canadians displaced by foreign skilled workers
Tara Carman
February 23, 2015

Welcome To Brazil: The Effect of Immigration on the Country's Economy

Brazil attractive to skilled immigrants, but lacks robust strategy to retain talent
Arthur Pinheiro Machado
January 9, 2015