Adjustment problems and dissatisfaction of spouses/partners, as well as dual-career issues, always top the list of expatriation challenges, and quite often become reasons for refusing an assignment, or for an assignment failing.
Tracy Kautzmann, from the Impact Group tells us, "Networking, job searching and establishing personal connections are a big challenge during relocation - especially for global assignments. Language barriers and culture differences make it difficult to forge friendships or find meaningful work, if the spouse is even allowed to work in the country. There are definitely some locations that are more challenging to settle into as a trailing spouse."
InterNations looks at this very issue in a recent survey where spouses ranked the top countries for "the ease of settling in" and the top 10 were:
6.) New Zealand
The spouses – 84 per cent of whom are women – find problems getting work abroad despite the fact most are highly educated, with about half having post-graduate degrees.Expat Insider 2015, a survey compiled by the expat social group InterNations, included questions about the lot of trailing spouses for the first time."Only 24 per cent of the spouses have jobs, mainly because of many countries' restrictive rules on work visas for family members who are accompanying the primary wage-earner in a family," Malte Zeeck, InterNations co-founder, told the Wall Street Journal."It's very difficult for a travelling spouse to find an adequate job with payment options that are appropriate. They're highly educated, but a high share of them are staying home and not working."