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

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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.
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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?

Latest International Assignments News

Global Mobility

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London banks gear up post-Brexit plans to move abroad

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will leave the Single Market once Brexit takes place, several London banks are firming up plans to relocate staff overseas.
President Xi Jinping shakes Professor Klaus Schwab's hand at WEF 2017 Davos opening

Davos 2017: China president calms stormy economic waters

President Xi Jinping’s historic opening address to the World Economic Forum offered welcome reassurance of business as usual to delegates.
After Rio – rebuilding Brazil\'s economy and immigration

After Rio – rebuilding Brazil’s economy and immigration structure

In the wake of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Soo Gurtcheff-Smit
and Fabiano Bittencourt, of immigration consultancy Pro-Link GLOBAL, take stock of recent political and immigration developments in Brazil.

Localisation

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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.

Repatriation

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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.

Policy

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Is a core-flex policy the answer to global mobility needs in 2017?

A phalanx of new reports suggests locally-focused and flexible mobility policies are increasingly the policy solution of choice for companies looking to best match employee and employer needs. Here, Lisa Johnson, global practice leader of Crown World Mobility's consulting services, outlines the advantages to a core-flex approach.
Cartus 2016 Global Mobility Policy and Practices Survey

Global mobility needs to be more flexible, says Cartus survey

Global relocation support provider Cartus has released its seventh "Trends in Global Relocation" survey, showing cost concerns and the need for greater flexibility as the most influential factors.
Downtown Hong Kong. Berry Appleman & Leiden immigration update

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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