Top Fifteen Relocation Destinations Revealed


New research has revealed the top fifteen destinations for employees who are relocated with global companies.

The research, which was completed by Cartus Corporation, a leading provider of global relocation services, named the U.S., UK and China as the top three destinations for employee relocations but found that many of the people who move to these destinations and others around the world are not fully prepared for what lies ahead.

Published in the “Top 15 International Relocation Destinations & Intercultural Business Tips for Career Survival,” the data used to compile Cartus’ research was gathered using their worldwide client database, which includes 64% of the FORTUNE 50 companies. Their data indicates that many employee reassignments fail because of lack of employee preparedness for the cultural differences they will encounter in their host country and that their lack of cultural awareness has an impact on their job performance and ability to settle in.

“Every location presents unique challenges in the areas of decision making, relationship building, and preferred communication styles,” said Jenny Castelino, Director of Intercultural and Language Solutions for Cartus. “Our research found that a full 75 percent of companies believe cross-cultural training is important not only for the transferee, but also for the transferee’s family.”

To assist relocating expats they have produced an interactive map showing the top 15 countries, along with an intercultural business tip for each.

“It’s incredibly important for employees on global assignments to be immediately productive in their new locations,” said Castelino. “Understanding the host country’s business and cultural norms and preparing for them, in advance, is imperative for a successful assignment.”

Top 15 Employee Relocation Destinations 2013 (Cartus Corporation)

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. China
  4. Germany
  5. Switzerland
  6. Singapore
  7. Canada
  8. India
  9. France
  10. Hong Kong
  11. Netherlands
  12. United Arab Emirates
  13. Japan
  14. Australia
  15. Italy

Last year, Cartus relocated approximately 160,000 employees across 165 countries.

If you’re relocating to a new country make sure you do your research in advance. You can learn everything you need to know about your host destination in our relocation guides, each of which is written by a seasoned expat who is really in the know.

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