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Chinese farmers put peaches in boxes to sell in Lianyungang, in China's Jiangsu province, on June 29, 2017.

China Wants Workers to Stay in the Countryside

Beijing is doubling down on its plan to keep migrants out of big cities.

Foreign laborers working on a construction site for one of Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums

Migrant Workers Can’t Afford a Lockdown

As Qatar races to complete construction projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup, a small army of workers from South Asia are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves the stage at Sobell leisure centre after retaining his parliamentary seat in London on Dec. 13.

Corbynism’s Bad Hangover

In the light of day, utopian fantasies about a failed leader are dissolving.

A farmer transports cotton sacks at a cotton factory in Shihezi in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Xinjiang’s New Slavery

Coerced Uighur labor touches almost every part of the supply chain.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn Is Caught in Labour’s Immigration Wars

Voters want to close borders. Activists want to open them.

A Muslim woman passes a shop October 10, 2001 in Berlin's heavily-Muslim Neukoelln district.

Women With Headscarves Need Not Apply in Germany

Germans welcomed an unprecedented number of Middle Easterners into their country—but not always into their workplaces.

Policemen and residents demonstrate in the office of the main policy labor union in Tunis, Tunisia on Oct. 28, 2013.

Tunisia’s Authoritarians Learn to Love Liberalism

Police unions are using their country’s newfound freedoms to protect themselves—and attack freedom fighters.

A prostitute waits for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam on Dec. 8, 2008.

It’s Legal to Sell Sex in Amsterdam, But Don’t Expect the Same Rights As Other Workers.

The famously permissive Dutch city is cracking down on prostitution, relocating sex workers, and discriminating against those employed in the industry.

LONDON - JULY 18:  In this photo illustration a pregnant woman is seen stood at the office work station on July 18, 2005 in London, England. Under plans to revise paid maternity leave, an exteneded period of six to nine months will be offered for maternity leave from 2007. (Photo illustration by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Immigrant Labor or Working Mothers?

Countries facing labor shortages tend to focus on one or the other—but it doesn’t have to be a choice.

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Closing the Factory Doors

For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?

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The Hidden Benefits of Uber

Gig work offers a leg up in the developing world.

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Facing the Future of Work

FP’s editor in chief introduces our July issue on how to adapt to robots, AI, trade wars, and an aging world.

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Then They Came for the Lawyers

Technology has already driven blue-collar workers into the underclass. Professionals may be next.

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Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel Hall)

Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War

As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.

Emmanuel Macron gestures as he gives a speech during a campaign meeting in Marseille on April 1, 2017.  (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron Wants YOU for the French Army

Mandatory military conscription is the French equivalent of Donald Trump’s wall — a pet project that’s become a political albatross.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration

The United States is facing an aging population and a lack of skilled workers. The president's immigration policy is only going to make it worse.

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Uzbekistan Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Projects, Advocates Say

A new report from Human Rights Watch and Uzbek activists alleges the continued use of forced and child labor in harvesting the Central Asian country’s cotton crop.

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