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Travelling workers blur boundaries

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Workers of the world are not so much uniting as travelling. Some 120 millionemployees are classed as migrants in a new report by the International LabourOffice, compared with 75 million in the mid-1960s.Cheaper travel and telephone calls mean that emigration is less daunting andoften not permanent, the ILO comments. Pay remains the key motivator.The report comes as business is increasing the pressure on governments inindustrialised nations to loosen immigration controls.Chief executive of the Industrial Society Will Hutton said, “There hasbeen an easing of quota and visa controls in Germany, France and the States. Wein Britain are going to follow.”The US issued 110,000 hi-tech work visas last year, predominantly to peoplefrom India. “Indian engineers are putting some cap on what otherwise wouldbe explosive growth in salaries in Silicon Valley,” said Hutton.He added that liberalisation will be targeted at areas only where there areskills shortages. The ILO report also revealed the extent of smuggling of workers, reckoned toearn up to $7bn for the US. “A sophisticated travel package for anundocumented migrant from China to the US can cost up to $30,000,” itreports.www.ilo.org Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Travelling workers blur boundariesOn 21 Mar 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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