International Assignments

Multinational companies frequently need to send their employees on an international assignment to work in an overseas location or regional office, whether to complete a project or as part of their professional development. As businesses compete for global growth, the number of international assignments is on the rise.

Whether they are long-term, short-term, commuter or project assignments, each type brings its own challenges for global mobility managers, and risks for the company and the assignee. Localisation, repatriation and business travel can also fall under the umbrella of international assignment services. Read more

In many organisations HR managers are responsible for managing international assignments. Even if the number of international assignees is small, this is a complex area. Only a few multinationals have HR global mobility specialists. It is therefore essential for HR managers to have the knowledge to ensure that their companies are fully compliant in managing international relocation and the raft of international assignment services – such as immigration, expatriate tax and benefits, social security obligations, and international pensions – that underpin overseas operations.

This section provides practical advice and information for HR and global managers managing international teams or setting up in a new overseas dominion. It covers the latest trends in relocation policy and expatriate benefits, and points you in the direction of experts across the global mobility industry. It includes the latest news, features, how-to guides, and tools and resources to support overseas assignments and inbound relocation moves and domestic relocations. Read less

Latest International Assignments News
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Expats could determine Brexit vote

UK embassies around the world have embarked on a campaign this week to get British expatriates to register to vote in the upcoming referendum on whether or not Britain stays in the European Union.
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Graebel Relocation

Graebel Relocation is a global company that administers world-class relocation and removals services for clients in the Global 100 and the Fortune 500, and for small to mid-sized and emerging firms across the globe. From Graebel centres located in EMEA, APAC and the Americas, the company’s industry-experienced staff are dedicated to exceeding clients’ and their assignees’ expectations.

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Tech talent: Recruiting and retaining skilled cybersecurity minds

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Re:locate Perspectives video: Diversity and inclusion

Bill Graebel, President and CEO of Graebel Companies, talks to Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor of Re:locate Global about the importance of diversity, inclusion and developing women leaders.
Changing times in global mobility

Re:locate Perspectives video: All change for global mobility?

Looking towards the future, Bill Graebel discusses the challenges Graebel Companies' clients face today, from regulatory pressure to market volatility.
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Global Mobility
British vote in EU referendum

Expats could determine Brexit vote

UK embassies around the world have embarked on a campaign this week to get British expatriates to register to vote in the upcoming referendum on whether or not Britain stays in the European Union.
UK vote in EU referendum

UK expats should register to vote in the EU Referendum

The UK Electoral Commission launched a day of dedicated activity to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
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Trans-pacific trade deal signed... now for the hard part

Ministers from 12 nations gathered in Auckland on Thursday for the ceremonial signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which stands to become one of the world's biggest free trade agreements.
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Localisation
Lampions

Hays' ten talent trends for Singapore in 2016

Recruitment firm Hays highlights mergers and acquisitions activity, retention and wage pressure as key HR themes for 2016 alongside increasing workforce localisation.
Business meeting in Mexico

Steps to harnessing the wealth of trading opportunities in Mexico

Operating free trade agreements with over 40 countries and transforming itself from a commodity and agricultural-based economy to one dominated by manufacturing and services, Mexico presents a wealth of opportunities in international trade.
Intercultural competence

Intercultural Competence needed at the top

Cross-cultural training often focuses on those undertaking international assignments, rather than on senior decision-makers.
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Repatriation
Family arriving home from relocation assignment

Companies ‘failing’ expat employees returning home

Multinationals are failing to do enough to prepare expat staff for life back home when they return from overseas assignments, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Scotland Yard: London has no danger areas

Scotland Yard was left quietly seething after the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) foreign ministry issued maps of "dangerous areas" in London that visitors should avoid.

Going ‘home’ – successful repatriation of international assignees

The need to support assignees as they begin international assignments is on the whole well understood and well provided for by the majority of global organisations, however, the topic of ‘going home’ is sometimes overlooked.
Risk
Zika virus

Experts approve world health emergency warning over Zika

Health professionals have welcomed the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the suspected link between the Zika virus and a congenital brain condition found in babies should be considered a "public health emergency of international concern".
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Policy
Changing times in global mobility

Re:locate Perspectives video: All change for global mobility?

Looking towards the future, Bill Graebel discusses the challenges Graebel Companies' clients face today, from regulatory pressure to market volatility.
The future of global mobility

Re:locate Perspectives video: What does the future hold for global mobility?

Is the traditional, long-term assignment dying out? Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies, inc. looks into the future of global mobility.
Technology Tools

Re:locate Perspectives video: Using technology tools to design relocation policies

How can you tackle 'Big Data', predict global mobility trends, and design really effective relocation policies? Listen to expert insights from an industry leader.
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