Skip to main content

Labor Policy

Taboubi and other leaders sit at a conference table in front of the Tunisian flag
Taboubi and other leaders sit at a conference table in front of the Tunisian flag

Tunisia’s Powerful Labor Union Is Thwarting President Saied’s Ambitions

The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) is the one body with enough power to derail Saied’s plans.

An immigrant holds a “Nobody Is Illegal” placard at a demonstration in Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on July 11, 2021.
An immigrant holds a “Nobody Is Illegal” placard at a demonstration in Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on July 11, 2021.

How Portugal Quietly Became a Migration Hub

The country has a hot labor market and offers a path to EU citizenship for undocumented workers.

A dockworker walks along the port of Berdyansk.
A dockworker walks along the port of Berdyansk.

Dockworkers Worldwide Are Trying to Stop Russia’s War

Manual laborers keep the world moving—and can slow it down.

Taboubi and other leaders sit at a conference table in front of the Tunisian flag
Taboubi and other leaders sit at a conference table in front of the Tunisian flag

How the Labor Movement Got Its Day

Plus: Why Refugees Can Be A Boon For Host Countries

Auto workers in Mexico
Auto workers in Mexico

Decades Late, NAFTA’s Promise on Workers’ Rights Comes Good

In Mexico, a breakthrough trade case involving General Motors could become a global model.

FP-Interns-Underpaid-Washington-DC-Government-Matt-Chase-16x9
FP-Interns-Underpaid-Washington-DC-Government-Matt-Chase-16x9

Washington Runs on Interns

So why are most of them not paid enough—and some not paid at all?

Demonstrators with CASA in Action and Service Employees International Union 32BJ march against the Trump administration’s immigration policies in Washington on May 1, 2017.
Demonstrators with CASA in Action and Service Employees International Union 32BJ march against the Trump administration’s immigration policies in Washington on May 1, 2017.

Unionization Can End America’s Supply Chain Crisis

Allowing workers to organize would protect and empower undocumented immigrants critical to the U.S. economy.

Then-European Parliament Vice President Isabelle Durant
Then-European Parliament Vice President Isabelle Durant

Why Aren’t There More Women Economists at the United Nations?

Female economists are rising to the top—everywhere but the U.N.

A visitor uses a virtual reality headset during the “Laval Virtual” virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D technology show in Laval, France, on April 6, 2018.
A visitor uses a virtual reality headset during the “Laval Virtual” virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D technology show in Laval, France, on April 6, 2018.

It Is Western Europe’s Turn for a Brain Drain

Knowledge-sector jobs are heading to Eastern Europe, and the consequences could remake the EU.

Migrant domestic workers carry placards during a protest to abolish the kafala system in Beirut on May 5, 2019.
Migrant domestic workers carry placards during a protest to abolish the kafala system in Beirut on May 5, 2019.

Why Lebanon Can’t Kick Its Addiction to Indentured Labor

The country is almost bankrupt, but it still forks out on migrant workers under the heavily criticized kafala system.

Production line at a GlaxoSmithKline factory involved in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France on Dec. 3, 2020.
Production line at a GlaxoSmithKline factory involved in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France on Dec. 3, 2020.

America’s Supply Chains Are Foreign Policy Now

Why the push to bring home manufacturing won’t work—and what Biden should do instead.

Mileurista-Spain-decoder-foreign-policy-illustration-article
Mileurista-Spain-decoder-foreign-policy-illustration-article

Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire?

Spain’s “mileurista” generation is a portent of things to come for the global economy.

French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting at the Chateau of Chantilly, near Paris, on Aug. 22, 2019.
French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting at the Chateau of Chantilly, near Paris, on Aug. 22, 2019.

Why France Has a Much Better India Strategy Than America

France’s state-centered development model is a natural fit for the Indo-Pacific.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in San Diego on June 18, 2020.
People hold signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in San Diego on June 18, 2020.

Let’s Not Blow This Chance to Fix Immigration

Biden’s reform plan is laudable. But it repeats the battles of the Obama years.

Security cameras with artificial intelligence facial recognition technology at the China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2018.
Security cameras with artificial intelligence facial recognition technology at the China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2018.

Note to Biden: Forget Trade, the Real War With China Is Over Tech

Just like Trump, Biden is stuck in the last century if he believes globalization is about trade and rust-belt manufacturing jobs.

A radioactivity warning sign stands in front of the Steenkampskraal rare earth mine outside of Vanrhynsdorp, South Africa on July 29, 2019.
A radioactivity warning sign stands in front of the Steenkampskraal rare earth mine outside of Vanrhynsdorp, South Africa on July 29, 2019.
A worker presents a domestically developed chip at the stand of China Electronics Technology Group Corp. during the China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai on Oct. 14.
A worker presents a domestically developed chip at the stand of China Electronics Technology Group Corp. during the China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai on Oct. 14.

U.S. Plan to Save Semiconductors Misses the Mark, Defense Firms Say

Companies that make microelectronics for the Pentagon argue that the current bill could maintain U.S. defense dependency on China rather than fix it.

Economy-pandemic-imf-feature-gita-gopinath-kristalina-georgieva
Economy-pandemic-imf-feature-gita-gopinath-kristalina-georgieva

Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

Load 10 More Articles
Loading graphics

Welcome to a world of insight.

Explore the benefits of your FP subscription.

Stay updated on the topics you care about with email alerts. Sign up below.

Choose a few newsletters that interest you.

Here are some we think you might like.

  • Morning Brief thumbnail
  • Africa Brief thumbnail
  • Latin America Brief thumbnail
  • China Brief thumbnail
  • South Asia Brief thumbnail
  • Situation Report thumbnail

Analyze the world’s biggest events.

Join in-depth conversations and interact with foreign-policy experts with