VOL. 8, NO. 1, PGS. 1–10


Who Benefits from Global Labor Flows?
A conversation with Immanuel Ness

Immanuel Ness is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author of Migration as Economic Imperialism: How International Labour Mobility Undermines Economic Development in Poor Countries.

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What drives both low-wage and skilled workers to seek employment abroad? Between which types of countries does the migration of low-wage workers and skilled workers take place?

Among the roughly two hundred million workers who migrate internationally —an enormous number— the vast majority are low-wage migrants. In a nutshell, I would argue that these low-wage migrants leave their countries primarily out of desperation. They often feel they are struggling economically and need to support both themselves and [...]

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