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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New York Times: Assignments Abroad are Tough on Entire Family

An interesting article in the New York Times today highlights something that's practically old news to any expatriate families - moving to a new country is incredibly stressful for the entire family.

The article interviews several members of the expatriate community, as well as relocation professionals who say if the family is unable to adapt to their new surroundings, it is even more likely the employee with not succeed at the new assignment. Spouses and children going through feelings of culture shock, depression, and isolation can put a strain on the employee, resulting in underperformance on the job.

At the end of the article, a former expat says the frustration she felt while living abroad could only be understood by fellow expats. To find blogs and sites by expats near you, try our list of resources.

Would you like to meet other expat families? Each March, the Families in Global Transition Conference (FIGT) takes place in Houston, TX, bringing together individuals and families who have spent their lives outside of their home countries. The conference has workshops an panels on everything from helping children transition abroad to understanding the perspective of trailing spouses. Register now to take advantage of early bird savings.

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