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

Worldwide ERC®

Worldwide ERC®'s Global Workforce Symposium is the world's largest global mobility meeting. Take a look at some of the highlights from previous years and enjoy our coverage of October's 2018 event here.
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Frankfurt: Worldwide ERC® Mobility Conference Report

February’s Worldwide ERC® Frankfurt Mobility Summit blazed with energy. Its atmosphere reflected both the reinvigorated aspirations that a new year brings and the novelty of a new format and venue for the German financial capital. Fiona Murchie reports on how the Worldwide ERC’s global summit series stay ahead of changes in global mobility.

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Taiwan regains crown as best place to be an expat

InterNation’s latest comprehensive annual study of life as an expat sees two Asian nations top the list of best places to live and work overseas.
Relocate Global Guide to Education and Schools in the UK 2019/20

What is the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)?

The Career-related Programme is the latest in the International Baccalaureate (IB) suite of qualifications. Adrian Kearney, director of IB World Schools, explains the benefits for globally mobile students who have clear career aspirations.
Relocate Global Guide to Education and Schools in the UK 2019/20

Read the big print: choosing the right international school

As there is no standard international school system, parents seeking the best education for their children can be faced with a confusing range of variables. Author and cross-cultural consultant Dr Richard Pearce presents his tips on asking the right questions and understanding exactly what is on offer.


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China’s insatiable appetite for a Western 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.
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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.


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.
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Corporate social responsibility: a critical role for global mobility professionals

There is a strong business case argument for engaging in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, as well as a moral and social justice case for so doing. Global mobility professionals have a key role to play in helping to support good CSR practices in the deployment of personnel across the globe. Dr Sue Shortland explains.
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Why is carefully managing 'repats' harder than you think?

David Sapsted looks at the challenges facing employers when dealing with staff returning from foreign deployments. He suggests ways that this transition can be best managed to successfully reintegrate the employee and their family back home, while also managing their expectations about their changing role.


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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.


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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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Intermark Report: Russia introduces new consular visa fees

Intermark Relocation Services report on the changes to Russian visa fees for foreign nationals.
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Chancellor holds out prospect of spending spree

The Chancellor announced how he is to spend the extra funds available in the 2019 Spring Statement.
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