Around the world, governments, regardless of political persuasion, are stepping up compliance by more strictly enforcing their existing immigration laws. Increased fines, penalties, and criminalization of unauthorized working and expanded audit activities are more often focusing on companies—rather than workers—for illegal hiring, improper or invalid documentation, failure to complete mandatory procedures and other immigration infractions.

While immigration noncompliance can severely impact a multinational company’s reputation, until recently, fines and legal ramifications for noncompliance had not possessed much regulatory “bite.” Now, however, governments are revising regulations, scrutinizing work authorization for foreign nationals, and enforcing rules and regulations with new rigor to ensure that laws have “teeth.”

In this issue of the Global Trends Report, we take a closer look at immigration enforcement and how noncompliant employers face substantial financial and legal consequences.

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