Relocating abroad presents challenges, but the most difficult part of an international assignment can often be the repatriation process. The sad reality is that more than 25% of international assignees leave their employer within two years of returning home. Repatriation benefits can make a difference.

With such a substantial investment in each international assignment, it’s wise for companies to plan for a successful re-entry from the beginning of the process. Aside from closing out the host country household and moving the family back to the home country, companies should consider potential reverse culture shock issues the assignee or family may experience and the employee’s career path.

Host Country Departure Services

Companies typically assist assignees with lease termination, dilapidation negotiations, utility termination and final billing, de-registration from local government and schools and other services needed to close out the host country residence.

Move Management

The company coordinates the return of the assignee’s household goods to the departure location or the next assignment location.

Cultural Training

Cross-cultural training can help assignees re-assimilate to the culture of their home country. These programs usually take place about six weeks after the return and will help identify any areas of concern.

Career Development

After spending several years overseas for your company–sometimes in risky environments– employees want to know that the experience they have gained abroad will be utilized and that they will have a career path when they return home. Career development and planning give returning employees the guidance they need to reintegrate successfully with the company. Companies that do not provide this service tend to lose returning employees who feel like they have lost their place in the organization in their absence.

Spouse / Partner Career Counseling

Many companies assist the employee’s spouse or partner, helping him or her to capitalize on the expatriate experience gained and re-enter the job market in the home country.

Companies are sometimes tempted to scrimp on repatriation benefits to reduce costs. However, carefully considered repatriation support can help them retain valued employees and leverage the knowledge these employees have gained abroad.

Want to Know More About International Relocation and Repatriation Benefits?

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  • Mobilization to the host country & repatriation

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