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Need for international background screening increases

Jan 06, 2011 Matt Roesly

New technology and the ease by which people can travel overseas are driving up demands for international background screening, according to Employment Services Resources. Background screening practices in the United States have served as a pivota tool for hiring. However, ESR states that this trend needs to expand overseas as companies are increasingly making international hires, in addition to the higher rate of workers spending
portions of their careers abroad. The number of foreign countries from which U.S. employers may seek information about applicants with international background screening is expansive, and includes Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China and others," writes ESR president Lester Rosen. The statistics back up the claim, according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The count revealed that the foreign-born population of U.S. residents increased by 8 million people over the last decade. That comes after a 2009 report which revealed there are 38.5 million total foreign-born residents in the United States, representing approximately 12 percent of the population. Those figures reinforce the need for further background screening, especially after data showed U.S. companies created 1.4 million jobs overseas in 2010, compared to fewer than 1 million at home, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.