Intra-Europe Relocation: Best Practice Recommendations
European countries have become an increasingly important destination for global companies and their international assignees. Regardless of the home or host destinations, intra-Europe relocations are often approached with similar core benefits. Despite their close proximity, each European country presents its own set of unique challenges. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights discusses when to use core policies, and when a more tailored approach is appropriate.
Key Recommendations for Intra-Europe Relocation
Here are Cartus’ key recommendations for companies implementing intra-Europe moves:
- The golden rule is to avoid a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Every country in Europe presents its own on-the-ground challenges.
- Despite the lack of borders within the European Union, intra-Europe moves should still be approached as cross-border relocations, which means you should consider including compliance, immigration, and tax assistance as a core policy component. EU nationals may not need a work permit or visa when relocating from one EU state to another, but they will when the move includes a non-EU member (e.g., Germany to Ukraine).
- As a cost-effective approach, some companies choose to restrict shipments to surface only for intra-Europe moves if the distance is within a set parameter.
- A number of European countries will have limited English speakers. In Russia, for example, there will be few English speakers in Moscow, and hardly any outside of the capital city. So language training is particularly useful, as transportation, road, and building signs will be in the Cyrillic alphabet.
- Do not assume moves to westernised countries should only have core benefits. In Switzerland, for example, home finding assistance should be considered, as the property market is very competitive compared with other locations. A large expatriate population means good quality housing can be challenging to source.
- Communication between the company, assignee, and your relocation services provider, is crucial to implementing successful intra-Europe moves. Ensure the assignee’s expectations are set from the beginning of the process, and contact your service provider as soon as you know a move is going ahead.