Cartus Tips for Moving Internationally With Children
Moving internationally can be a unique opportunity for every member of a family. But when children are involved, it’s wise to communicate early and often concerning the transition. With 61% of organizations reporting “families’ inability to adapt to the host location” as a primary reason for assignment failure (Cartus’ 2014 Global Mobility Policy & Practices survey), this remains a critical issue to consider.
As a result, it is recommended that each family member’s feelings about the move be acknowledged.
• Organizations are encouraged to listen, be supportive of the mixed feelings and, if at all possible, include cross-cultural training programs for kids. This will help to remind children that although they may miss their old friends, there is also a “world” of new friends to be met in the new location.
• The assignee’s attitude and enthusiasm will be important and will encourage children to feel that way, too. A happy family helps to promote a successful assignment.
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