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.

Germans Agree to Admit Skilled Immigrants

Liberalized immigration policy is a victory for Schroder and foreigners
May 27, 2004

Innovative India

Please don’t call it outsourcing
April 5, 2004

Inflows to the East are a Problem Too

The EU migration debate
Luke Allnutt
April 20, 2004

A Matter of More Than Economics

Sizable immigration is more of a choice on what kind of country one desires to inhabit
Martin Wolf
April 13, 2004

Rigid Unions Help Paralyze Economy

The German Union Federation will not sing the praises of the benefits of increasing international division of labor
Heike Göbel
April 9, 2004