Europe

Despite increased focus on Asia Pacific, Europe remains a key location for businesses seeking international growth. Several of its countries regularly feature among the top relocation destinations in global mobility surveys. Read more

Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), inward investment organisations from around the continent are competing to attract international businesses to their region or country. Germany, France, Ireland and the Netherlands are among the countries competing for a piece of the post-Brexit action. However, with new trade agreements in the pipeline, the UK continues to draw foreign direct investment (FDI) from around the world.

Despite the pervading influence of the EU, Europe is a diverse continent. Individual destinations bring their own challenges for those managing talent mobility or setting up a business or branch office there.

This section includes articles, tools and resources, plus the latest news, to help you achieve your business objectives. With input from specialists across global mobility and the relocation industry and the latest perspectives from regional conferences, we analyse key trends influencing Europe’s relocation and global mobility scene, including the impact of Brexit, demographic and economic shifts, and compliance issues.

We cover the latest trends in inbound, outbound and domestic relocation, looking at everything from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to immigration, talent management and commercial property, as well as the full range of employee and family support topics, including education and international schools, residential property and serviced apartments.

There’s plenty of practical advice and information for HR and global managers responsible for international assignments, whether long term, short term, rotational, developmental or project led, plus support for those setting up a business or a company office in Europe.

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across Europe.

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News and features

Recruitment dice

Survey highlights exporters' mounting skills concerns

Survey of 2600 firms reveals skills shortage as exporters in both the manurfacturing and service sectors are struggling to find staff with the right skills amid concerns that immigration proposals won't remedy the problem.

Immigration

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Immigration plan 'to cost businesses £1 billion'

Analysis by Global Future of the UK governments post-Brexit immigration policy shows a £1 billion cost to businesses in increased red tape, barriers to EU27 students and a raft of negative consequences for managing immigration.

Education

Student graduates at King's College Cambridge, UK

UK universities launch "study abroad" campaign

British universities have launched a Support Study Abroad campaign amid fears that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK students will lose the financial backing that currently enables thousands of them to pursue their studies abroad each year.
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Scots universities' fears over no-deal immigration plans

The UK government's plans for an immigration policy to cover EU nationals if there is a no-deal Brexit "ignores" the future needs of Scotland's universities and students, Scottish ministers have warned.
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Boarding - a modern option for all parents?

As increasing numbers of employees relocate overseas for an employment opportunity, those with families face the difficult task of exploring the schooling options for their children. Heather Carruthers looks at why families might consider boarding schools – especially if they are new to the private education system.

Short-and long-term accommodation

Top 10 tips for helping an employee move abroad for an international assignment

Relocating to a new country can be a daunting prospect for employees – especially if it's your first international assignment or you are being accompanied by your family. Here are the top 10 tips to make sure an international assignment a success.
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