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.

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Latest International Assignments News

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Family ties stop most Brits from relocating

Almost a third of British workers would refuse to relocate for work because of a desire to stay near members of their family, according to a new survey.

Localisation

Navigating the pitfalls of dealing with Indian landlords

Navigating the challenges of dealing with Indian landlords

Rohit Kumar, Jt. managing director of IKAN Relocation Services India, looks at some of the different types of landlord that expatriates might come across when renting in India. 
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China: a new era for expatriate education

Well known as a relocation hotspot, China has seen an increasing demand for a western-style education in recent years. Whilst the local system provides a high standard of education, many expatriates are looking for schools teaching a curriculum that is easily transferable. We look at the options.
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Singapore cements reputation for quality of life: study

Singapore ranks highest among Asia-Pacific countries for quality of life on the latest Mercer 'Quality of Living' index.

Repatriation

Survey finds that expat staff are 'more committed' to company goals

Expat staff 'more committed' to company goals

A major study has shown that globally-mobile employees display "significantly higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and productivity" than staff who do not take foreign assignments.
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Repatriation: learning from employee experience

Repatriation is the most overlooked stage of international assignment planning. What can HR, talent managers and global mobility managers do to improve the expatriate experience?
Encouraging mental wellness in your expat workforce

Encouraging mental wellness in your expat workforce

The mental well-being of your relocating staff is crucial to how well they settle into their new working role and life abroad, explains Caroline Walmsley, global head of HR at AXA – Global Healthcare.

Risk

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Loneliness jeopardises one in four international assignments

InterNations Business Solutions’ Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition survey finds social isolation to be a leading cause of assignment failure. Respondents identify loneliness as a key reason for early return.

Policy

Global Mobility Toolkit: Relocation Principles

Relocation policy design and review principles factsheet

A factsheet on the principles of relocation policy design and review is now available as part of Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit. Download your free copy.
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LGBTQ and diversity

A summary of the latest research into the role of LGBT & diversity research summary in international assignments and relocation is now available as part of Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit. Download your free copy.
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Optimising global mobility for India’s tech talent

India’s tech talent plays a key role in the worldwide digital revolution. Holly Creed, global mobility manager at DXC, spoke to Relocate to tell us how assignments out of India help keep the world connected.
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