The Latest ... in Global Mobility

Welcome to The Latest in Global Mobility , our fortnightly round-up of what's being thought, said and is happening in Global Mobility circles. We have the latest entry in Gina Tonic's Secret Diary plus the latest from our experts to keep you up-to-date on the current thinking and advice in the industry.
The Secret Diary of a Global Mobility Manager
Toby* is very unlucky in love - poor thing.

Whilst initially delighted that this assignee had fallen in love and moved in with his partner, Gina's patience was wearing a bit thin after his third live-in partner - and subsequent changes to his allowances.

Did the wording in their company policy around dependants need to be tightened in the next policy review?

* Name changed to protect the unfortunate
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From our Global Mobility experts
Georgetown, Guyana: A top global energy frontier?
The currently-known drillable oil deposits in Guyana are estimated to be worth more than fifty-times the nation’s current GDP and current projections show that the GDP will swell by eight times the current average just from 2019 to 2020, when commercial drilling is expected to start. How will this money impact Guyana and expatriate life in the short- and long-term?
United Arab Emirates : New visa rules bring positive changes for expats
On 21 October, the UAE cabinet approved a number of new visa rules that will prove beneficial to numerous categories of foreign nationals in the UAE: including tourists, retirees, and students and the widows, divorcees, and children of foreign nationals.
Understanding Diwali, the Festival of Lights
Diwali is a five-day festival that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The origin of the word ‘Diwali’ is from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’ where ‘deepa’ means ‘light’ and ‘vali’ means ‘row’; thus a row of lights, which is exactly what is seen in homes during this time—rows of light in celebration of the festival.
What should your company consider with group moves?
There are special considerations when relocating a lot of employees at once, such as: Are all your stakeholders involved? Will all the employees receive the same relocation benefits? and for employees who do not relocate, will any assistance be provided?
Why Intercultural Competence is Key to a Successful International Assignment
Living and working in a new culture is challenging for the majority of us. While speaking the local language can help a great deal, it is not enough. Those employees posted on an international assignment are exposed to huge emotional and work-related issues that can derail an assignment, causing their employee significant reputational and financial loss.