Globalization and the False Illusions Associated With it

Many people view globalization as a negative concept based on views that hold half-truths. For example, the Polish Plumber became a phrase with many negative connotations to the nation of France because they were portrayed in the media as taking jobs from the hard working plumbers of France. When the actual numbers were released in an article from Newsweek dated October 17, 2005, there were 115 Polish Plumbers working in France and over 6000 vacant plumbing jobs. This is a prime example of the false preconceptions associated with globalization that are so prevalent in today’s society. In many countries the prospects and threats of globalization have been observed and adjusted accordingly. The most economically successful countries have realized that  economic stimulation and economic success is dependent upon creation and innovation of high value products. Thus, their education systems are adjusting to compensate for this fact.

In China the government is claiming an annual graduation of over 500,000 students in highly educated technical fields. With this explosion of highly technical graduates, China is pumping highly skilled workers into their economy. Keeping one’s economy at a successful level is a difficult task, one that is best achieved by staying ahead of the curve technically; but to hamper the economy by stopping workers from entering the labour market is misguided and counterproductive to the recovery of a stagnant economy. Ultimately though, it depends on the ability of  the country to distinguish itself from the rest of the world by creating something advanced, unique, and profitable.

Sources:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8396626/ns/world_news-europe/t/frances-new-media-star-polish-plumber/#.T5lkSqsnzWY

http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/29/news/international/china_engineering_grads.fortune/index.htm

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One thought on “Globalization and the False Illusions Associated With it

  1. I agree with the main opinion in the post. I think globalization on the labor market can definitely benefit world’s economy. Especially the EU benefits with the four freedoms that are promoting globalization. Not only the economy profits (due to the free movement of goods) but also the people have now access to the European labor market and can offer their services throughout Europe. There will be more competition in the countries: not only a competition with regional and national workers but with workers from all Europe or even the world. A positive side effect which often is seen negatively. Unfortunately, an often seen and quite typical reaction on this is a preconceived opinion like: “Foreigners steal our job!” But this is definitely not the case. Open jobs, for example in Germany cannot be filled with only Germans. Immigrants are crucial for the German labor market. Incoming workers from other countries who got their working permission depend on a job and in the beginning they are willing to take almost every job even though they are not well-paid or the working time is long. In fact, they are taking many jobs in the production and service branch. Furthermore there are still many free positions but not enough applicants or the applicants lack of the specific qualifications. So globalization with workers who move in the European or even worldwide labor market can profit the economy, and I even would think that it is necessary otherwise the unemployment in many countries would rise visibly. Globalization has definitely also some negative arguments to offer like how it might be lowering wages, but this would lead to a further discussion.

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