Mercer’s 19th Quality Of Living Rankings

Despite increased political and financial volatility in South Africa, its cities fell within the top 100  of the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within South Africa, closely followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (96).

The Challenges Expats And Their Families Face

New research by AXA’s international health insurance specialist has found that expats and their children are finding it difficult to be away from close friends and family.* Two-fifths (40 per cent) of expats and 32 per cent of their children cited that being away from their support network was one of the most difficult aspects of their transition to life abroad – no matter their nationality or where they had relocated to.

The World Is Getting Cheaper (For the US)

A strong dollar has delivered a relative rise in the cost of living for US cities in a year marked by price and currency volatility according to The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Worldwide Cost of Living survey. The ranking, which compares the price of a weighted basket of goods across 133 cities, saw the 16 US cities surveyed climb up the ranking by an average of 18 places with New York and Los Angeles featuring among the ten most expensive cities for the first time since 2002.

SIRVA® Van Lines Recognized For Excellence In Customer Service and Safety

SIRVA, Inc., a leading provider of global mobility services delivering integrated relocation and moving solutions for multi-national corporations, consumers and governments announced its van lines, Allied® & northAmerican®, were recognized with awards from the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA).
  • Published in Relocation

Western European Cities Top Quality Of Living Ranking

Despite the recent security issues, social unrest, and concern about the region’s economic outlook, EU cities continue to offer some of the world’s highest quality of living. That is according to Mercer’s 18th annual Quality of Living Survey. Safety, in particular, is a key factor for multinationals to consider when sending expatriate workers abroad, both because it raises concerns about the expat’s personal safety and because it has a significant impact on the cost of global compensation programs.

Global Personalized Academics And CTM Partner To Deliver Online Courses To Students In The Czech Republic And Slovakia

Innovative online education provider Global Personalized Academics (GPA) announced it has signed an agreement with Centrum pro talentovanou mladez (CTM), a College Board-certified education non-profit that delivers online courses and instruction to high school students in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Under the agreement, CTM's teachers will teach GPA courses across a wide range of subjects including math, science, language arts, and Advanced Placement (AP).
  • Published in Education

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Global Employee Mobility – Increased Diversification Across Types Of International Assignments Used

A majority of multinational companies (56%) expect to increase their use of short-term assignments in 2015/16 according to a report on expatriate policies and practices by Mercer. The research highlighted an ongoing diversification in the type of assignments used by companies. Notably, over the next year or so, around half of companies anticipate an increase in the use of permanent transfers (54%), developmental and training assignments (50%) and locally hired foreigners (47%). A smaller proportion of respondents (44%) expect to see an increase in more traditional long-term assignments.

Accessing Medical Care Abroad: More Expatriates Look Locally

Cigna Global Health Benefits® (NYSE: CI) and the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) recently surveyed more than 2,700 expatriates working in 156 countries to better understand how they and their families experience, perceive and value various elements of assignment terms and programs.

Study Highlights Health Dangers For NGO Expatriate Workers

A recent study carried out by scientists at the University of Glasgow and published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene suggests that one in five rodents in a Kenyan slum carries a disease that causes fever and illness in humans.

African, European And Asian Cities Dominate The Top 10 Most Expensive Locations For Expatriates

Although more European cities dominate the world’s top costliest locations for expatriates, according to Mercer’s latest Cost of Living Survey, several cities in Asia are among the top 10 while Luanda holds the number one position. Mercer's 2013 Cost of Living Survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.

Migration Picking Up But Rising Unemployment Hurting Immigrants

According to the OECD migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.
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