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. Read more

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.

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

Relocate magazine Autumn 2016


Relocation policy design and review

To ensure that they have the right people in the right place at the right time, organisations that move individuals or groups of employees need to address how to provide cost-effective yet motivating benefits packages.
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Brexit strategies: how can mobility manage the challenges ahead?

Grant Thornton’s Relocate-award-winning talent mobility team manages mobility by testing assumptions and working with the business and assignees. We report on what this approach means during the post-EU-referendum uncertainty.

Accommodating short-term business visitors

Will the rise in short-term business visitors help serviced apartment providers and HR global mobility managers to ride the waves that are being thrown up by the choppy conditions of Brexit, the global economy and currency turmoil?

Global Mobility

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Serviced apartment expansion set for 2017

The serviced apartment industry is set for a busy year ahead following announcements of a range of new developments across the UK and Europe throughout 2017.
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Global mobility duty of care – when mobility benefits are more than just perks

Jodi Harris, solutions consultant at MOVE Guides, examines the complex case of duty of care in the global mobility world and highlights the considerations and potential exposures that may not be obvious but must be remembered.
10 things to know about healthcare in Dubai

10 things to know about medical treatment in Dubai

Healthcare is one of the most important considerations for relocating employees and with Dubai regularly ranking as one of the most popular destinations for expats these tips for medical treatment are essential.


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UK voluntary Living Wage rise welcomed, but caution on inflation

Kicking off Living Wage Week, the Living Wage Foundation has announced the UK’s new voluntary national Living Wage rates of £8.45, rising to £9.75 for London.

What are the international-school options in China?

APAC is seeing rapid growth in schools thanks to economic expansion and mobility. Over-subscribed schools face competition from new contenders and local populations are keen to educate their children in prestigious institutions.
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A new era for expatriate education in China?

Rebecca Marriage looks at the impact of changes on families moving to China and what they mean when it comes to making school choices.



Immigrants and returning expats 'lead business start-ups'

Immigrants and returning expatriates are more likely to start their own business than people born in the UK and continuously resident in the country, according to a new report.
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Repatriation after US assignment top challenge for relocating families with school age children

The latest Trends in Global Relocation report from global relocation services provider Cartus, reveals the top challenges facing families moving to international relocation hot spots.
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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.


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Hong Kong – tightening of job market

Following the Immigration Department audit in April 2016 which has caused authorities to look more closely at employment visa applications, Berry Appleman & Leiden offer some key findings and recommendations for applicants.
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France – major overhaul of work permit rules brings new opportunities

Pro-Link GLOBAL’s latest Global Brief covering the French labour market and immigration systems, which have been restructured and now provide new opportunities for foreign countries and employees.
Managing change in the Brexit landscape

Managing change in the Brexit landscape

As Brexit approaches, global mobility professionals must ensure their strategy aligns with the needs of employees and their families. Dr Sue Shortland examines the effects of the changing mobility landscape.
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