Germany

The most highly populated of the European Union’s (EU) member states, Germany has one of the world’s largest economies and is one of its leading importers and exporters. Read more

Since the collapse of the communist state of East Germany in 1990 and the reunification of the country that followed it, Germany has grown steadily in global influence. It is a member of the Group of 20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations, among other leading international bodies.

Manufacturing industry – including automotive (the strongest performer), metal production and processing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, electrical engineering and electronics – is a pillar of Germany’s economy, thanks in part to the government’s long-term industrial strategy.

As with many developed economies, the services sector is a major contributor to national prosperity; healthcare, telecommunications and tourism are particularly important.

Several of Germany’s cities, including Frankfurt (a major financial centre and home of the European Central Bank), Munich, Hamburg, and the capital, Berlin, are already hubs for foreign direct investment (FDI). Frankfurt, has emerged as a front-runner in the race to win business from London post-Brexit, and several other German regions, including central Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt, are competing to attract businesses that are relocating or seeking an alternative European base.

Challenges for those managing talent mobility in German, or setting up a business or a company office there, include compliance, particularly with immigration and tax regulations. Assignees, too, face challenges, not the least of which are learning the German language and the rising cost of rented expat housing.

In this section, HR and global mobility managers responsible for international assignees in Germany will find the support and information they need to ensure that their organisations comply with all the regulations governing the management of international relocations and assignments to the region.

There’s also plenty of practical advice, support and information for those setting up a business or a company office in the UK.

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News and features

Brexit jigsaw puzzle

On the residence situation of British and EU citizens in the case of a hard Brexit

Britain's official EU exit date is 29 March 2019 and the question of how the Brexit will unfold is still completely open. What would be the consequences for the residence situation in connection with a hard Brexit for British people working in Germany and for EU citizens in the UK?

Immigration

Crown World Mobility Lisa Johnson

Get ready for 2019 with a Crown-sponsored ERC webinar

The ERC webinar, hosted by Lisa Johnson at Crown World Mobility, will provide insights for Global Mobility professionals to consider as they prepare for 2019.

Education

London cityscape

Overseas assignees 'getting raw deal' in the UK

Global employees working in the UK do poorly in terms of support from their employers compared to expatriates working elsewhere in the world, according to a new survey.
King’s Group opens the first British school in Frankfurt

King’s Group opens the first British school in Frankfurt

In August 2018, King’s College Frankfurt opened its doors, becoming the first English Curriculum School in the city.
Relocate magazine autumn 2018: out September!

Relocate magazine autumn 2018: Out Now!

The autumn conference issue of Relocate Magazine is now available with a focus on the evolving role of global mobility. In addition we take a look at post-Brexit trade partners, gender in AI and put President Trumps “America First” agenda in the spotlight.

Short- and long-term accommodation

Frankfurt hotel

Cycas enters German market with management of Element Frankfurt Airport hotel

Cycas Hospitality expand into Germany with a deal to manage the privately owned 133-suite Element Frankfurt Airport hotel.
Crown World Mobility Lisa Johnson

Get ready for 2019 with a Crown-sponsored ERC webinar

The ERC webinar, hosted by Lisa Johnson at Crown World Mobility, will provide insights for Global Mobility professionals to consider as they prepare for 2019.
Gateway Apartments

Room to move: The Global Serviced Apartment sector makes its mark

As the growth of supply of the worldwide serviced apartment industry hits one million mark, there is still huge potential and new opportunites in many destinations, reveals latest GSAIR report.
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