International Assignments
Global Mobility
US and Cuba shake hands in agreement

US-Cuba tie the diplomatic knot, but remain tied up on trade

After more than a half-century of bitter division, the US and Cuba are to restore diplomatic relations on 20 July.
Chines junk in Hong Kong bay

Asia Pacific: A brave new world for mobility?

The Asia Pacific region is a top destination for assignees but it is also widely regarded as one of the most challenging.
Hiring foreign skilled worker

Brexit threat to UK’s scope for attracting foreign talent

A referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union would make it more difficult for UK companies to recruit skilled workers from overseas, a report has warned.
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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.

Japanese businesswoman

Spotlight on Japan

Despite sliding into recession in 2014, Japan is still the world’s third-largest economy and is highly regarded by expatriates and international assignees for everything from low crime figures to the quality of the education available. Graebel Relocation takes a closer look.
Beijing traffic jam

Beijing population increase: controversy – and new regulations

What will new regulations in China’s capital city, aimed at reducing traffic congestion and pollution by curbing population growth, mean for business and expatriates? Graebel Relocation reports.
Simon Mason of Graebel Relocation

Why Graebel Relocation sponsored the Re:locate Awards 2014/15

Simon Mason explains why Graebel Relocation sponsored the Inspirational HR Team of the Year category of the Re:locate Awards 2014/15.
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Localisation
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.
traffic jam in San Francisco California

Driving licences among the roadblocks for expats new to the US

The difficulties over obtaining local documentation, from driving licences to bank accounts, are among the main headaches for expats arriving on assignment in the United States, according to a new survey.
Family walking along a street in Latin America

Cultural perspectives in Latin America

At Worldwide ERC’s Latin America conference, Vanessa Oliva, HR director of Colombian company Quala, based in Sao Paulo, and Maria Luiza Delavy, HR manager of Scania Latin America, explored the challenges companies faced in dealing with differences in culture between Brazil and wider Latin America.
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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.
Compliance
Train tracks in Moscow

GEFCO – Getting on track with Russian railways

In December 2012, Russian Railways acquired 75 per cent of French-headquartered logistics group GEFCO in an €800 million deal. Ruth Holmes spoke to Stephane Milhet, GEFCO’s VP of human resources, about doing business in Russia.
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Policy
Business team looking at financial projections

Unlocking the retention power of the end-of-service gratuity

Are corporate retirement savings schemes becoming the secret weapon in the battle for talent?
Business team planning international expansion

Assignment compensation: Issues to consider in expatriate reward

At the Symposium Events Expatriate Management and Global Mobility Forum 2014, presentations from AIRINC, Mercer and Atkins highlighted issues to consider when delivering remuneration to international assignees.
The Shard and Tower Bridge, London

Tough at the top: Supporting the movers and shakers who are driving the recovery

This is the first of our series looking at how to support VIPs on the move, whether they are CEOs, entrepreneurs, High Net Worth Individuals, financiers or leaders in their particular field.
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UK Domestic Relocation

Education Explained: Applying for a school place in England

As part of the Education Explained series, providing information and practical guides, Rebecca Marriage takes a look at applying for a school place in England.

New serviced apartments planned as IT companies go west

Although the M4 ‘corridor’ may not sound particularly glamorous, it is an area that provides the base from which many UK and international IT companies operate.

Tech City: set to rival Silicon Valley?

London’s Tech City is billed by the UK government as a British version of California’s Silicon Valley, but does the reality match the hype?
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