The Importance of Repatriation Assistance: What is Repatriation?

Repatriation occurs when an expatriate employee returns to their home country. Unfortunately, it’s oftentimes an overlooked benefit in employee relocation programs. The process isn’t always easy on the assignee and can result in costly expenditures for your organization. However, if you have a clear plan in place to tackle these challenges, you’ll be ahead of the game.

The Importance of Repatriation Assistance: What is Repatriation?

The Challenges of Repatriation Assistance

Here are the top four challenges your expatriate employee(s) might face when repatriating. Along with how to navigate these challenges.

1. Changes in Job Role.

The repatriating employee may not know a lot about his or her next role yet, which is why it’s important to stay in contact during the change. Work out a plan with your repatriating employees so they each know what role in the company they will have when returning from their assignments. Even if they will retain their current position or title, their teammates and office culture will be changing once more.

 2. Employees Families Will Go Through Adjustments.

It is critical to make every effort to help assimilate employees’ family members during and after the move. There are countless adjustments and preparing for the families’ needs goes a long way. Does your relocation package include spousal assistance to help the spouse or partner find a job and get re-assimilated? Offering school search benefits, in the repatriation program, will help when re-assimilating children. Their needs may have changed since they have been abroad.

 3. Employees Have to Re-Adjust to “Home” Surroundings.

While employees may be moving back to their home country, they may not be moving back to the same location. Your repatriation program should be prepared for aspects of the home location that will have changed from the last time the employee lived there.

 4. Help Your Employees Overcome the Last Potential Hurdle of Repatriation.

Changing their perspective of where “home” is. Employees and their families have potentially been on assignment for a long time. Resulting in the country they are coming from may now feel like home. As the employer, be prepared to help those repatriating to think of this next location at home once more. Embracing the changes of moving again will help employees re-identify with the location faster. It also allows you to be assured of their successful repatriation.

Source : Présentation " Planification efficace du rapatriement " de Worldwide ERC®, mars 2017.

WHR Global Offers Repatriation Assistance

WHR Global has helped companies relocate their employees to countries all over the globe. We offer full repatriation program management, including program guidance and ongoing talent management recommendations to ensure your employees feel welcome, settled, and valued back home.