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.

India’s Migrant Labor Pains

Neeta Lal
June 9, 2020

Retirement: No More Golden Years

Joseph Chamie
November 15, 2018

More Women Stay at Home Than Men

Joseph Chamie
January 25, 2018

Heroes of the Republic: Filipinos Abroad

Barry Mirkin
January 11, 2018

Struggle to Prepare the Workforce for a Fast-Changing World

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
November 16, 2017

US to Suspend New Foreign-Scholar Visas: Nature

Nidhi Subbaraman and Alexandra Witze
June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Hits No-Degree Workers: Guardian

Kalyeena Makortoff
April 26, 2020

Lives Versus Livelihoods: Japan Times

Gwynne Dyer
April 17, 2020

Harvests at Risk With Squeezed Labor: Bloomberg

Mike Dorning, Edward Ludlow and Ainslie Chandler
March 27, 2020