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
UK visa

Net migration to UK hits new high as government eyes fresh curbs

Net migration to the UK has hit a new record, adding to the pressure on the government to introduce new restrictions which employers fear will harm their ability to hire skilled foreign workers.
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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.

Bill Graebel speaks to Fiona Murchie of Relocate magazine

Video: Relocate Perspectives – Bill Graebel in conversation with Fiona Murchie

This is the first interview in Relocate's Perspectives series, in which Managing Editor of Relocate Global, Fiona Murchie, talks to industry leaders about what is driving change in global markets and how the relocation industry is responding and preparing for the future.
American Football

Graebel Van Lines named official mover of the Dallas Cowboys

Graebel Van Lines, the Dallas-headquartered company, has announced that it has been named the “Official Mover of the Dallas Cowboys.”
Boston waterfront

Graebel’s guide to Boston, ‘capital of New England’

As host to the Worldwide ERC’s Global Workforce Symposium 2015, the city of Boston is considered one of the top places in which to do business in the US.
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Global Mobility
UK visa

Net migration to UK hits new high as government eyes fresh curbs

Net migration to the UK has hit a new record, adding to the pressure on the government to introduce new restrictions which employers fear will harm their ability to hire skilled foreign workers.
Dehli, India

Infrastructure projects set to boom in global cities

Global Cities are predicted to see huge growth in the coming years, presenting challenges for everything from real estate markets to infrastructure providers, according to the latest Knight Frank Global Cities 2016 report.
Schengen zone, European immigration

Schengen under threat in wake of Paris attack

The Schengen agreement, which allows unfettered passage for people and goods across 26 European nations, is under threat as never before in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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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.
Lost in China

New guide to overcoming China relocation headaches

A new guide and a video have been produced to help companies relocating staff to China, described as “one of the most challenging” environments both for firms and transferees.
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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.
professional couple at work

Permits Foundation report shows resounding support for dependants’ right to work

A recent survey carried out by the Permits Foundation in response to the MAC Tier 2 review shows resounding support to retain the right to work for the dependants of highly qualified workers from outside the EU.
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People in airport

Communication gaps limits expatriates' understanding of their entitled benefits

Cigna Global Health Benefits and the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) surveyed more than 2,700 expatriates working in 156 countries to better understand how they and their families experience, perceive and value various elements of assignment terms and programs.
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Hong Kong

Standard life backs HSBC HQ relocation to Asia

One of HSBC's biggest investors would support the bank moving its headquarters from London to, possibly, Hong Kong because of increasing regulation in the UK, it was claimed on Monday.
Power Plant, UK

UK becomes first nation to ditch coal-fired power

The UK will become the first developed economy to end the use of fossil fuel by closing all coal-fired power stations by 2025, the government has announced.
Switzerland, Furka Pass

Switzerland – Quotas for work permits in 2016 announced

The Swiss government has announced the quotas for highly qualified workers from non-European Union/European Free Trade Agreement countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA countries. The quotas announced are the same as those for 2015.
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