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Global mobility: beneficial for both employees and employers

Over the last decade global mobility has increased with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the UAE and Qatar all becoming attractive destinations for employees looking to relocate.

According to a recent survey conducted by international recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters, more and more professionals believe that working overseas is both beneficial from a personal perspective and is also important to their current careers and future prospects. International assignments are good resume builders as they allow access to new cultures and languages and broaden professional networks.

The survey that focuses primarily on career lifestyles shows that 47% of the professionals spoken to rate overseas experience as “important” or “very important” to their future careers, which constitutes a 6 percentage point increase compared to the figures from 2013. Furthermore 76% of the individuals surveyed have already worked abroad or would like to carry out an international assignment at some point in their careers.

The main reasons behind this desire to be professionally mobile are the opportunities to experience new cultures (48%) or improve long-term career prospects (21%) with only 13% claiming salary as the main driver.  

Global mobility is therefore beneficial for employees but is also an important element for employers to take into account. The Robert Walker survey found that opportunities for career progression are deemed more important for employees than pay, flexible hours or benefits; therefore an organization that shows that they offer international mobility opportunities can attract new talent to the company as well as securing current employees.

Furthermore, international mobility can help organizations that have multinational operations face potential talent shortages and allows them to optimize their activities by putting the best employees in the best locations. Employees that have experienced international assignments also offer new knowledge, skills and languages and can help companies become more competitive and efficient. 

 By providing assistance at every step of the relocation process, Expat US facilitates global mobility for employees and employers.

*The survey concerning career lifestyle can be found at the Robert Walters website. 

Expatriation aux Etats-Unis : Le « rêve américain » un concept toujours d’actualité

Ce concept mythique a été utilisé pour la première fois par James Truslow Adams dans son livre The Epic of America (1931). A cette époque cette expression symbolisait l'accès aux libertés fondamentales et l'ascension sociale par le mérite.

Aujourd’hui ce concept repose sur un symbole d’espoir et de réussite future.


Les Etats-Unis et le fameux « American Dream »

Plus de 70 ans plus tard cet idéal est resté intact à en croire les résultats d’une étude faite par le Center for American Progress. Cette dernière rapporte que « la mobilité intergénérationnelle aux États-Unis est plus basse qu'en France, Allemagne, Suède, Canada, Finlande, Norvège et Danemark. Parmi les pays à hauts-revenus pour qui des estimations comparables sont disponibles, seul le Royaume-Uni a un taux de mobilité inférieur à celui des États-Unis ».


L’expatriation : un vecteur de motivation

Une nouvelle étude menée par le Boston Consulting Group (BCG) en partenariat avec révèle que 94% des cadres français en recherche d’opportunités professionnelles sont prêts à s’expatrier et que parmi les 3 pays les plus prisés, les Etats-Unis arrivent en tête avec 42%.

Ces résultats corroborent l’idée que le rêve américain est toujours d’actualité.


Comment s’expatrier en tant que cadre ?

Conscient de la demande grandissante et des besoins que cela représente, Expat US, depuis près de 10 ans, s’occupe de la relocation des expatriés de toute l’Europe (et notamment des français) vers les Etats-Unis.

Nos bureaux sont situés à New York et nous couvrons les principaux états des Etats-Unis avec notamment le Tri-State area (région regroupant les états de New York, New Jersey, Connecticut et Pennsylvanie), la Floride, la Géorgie, le Texas et la Californie.


*Enquête sur la mobilité internationale réalisée par le cabinet Boston Consulting Group (BCG) et (membre de The Network) réalisée auprès de 203 756 personnes dans 189 pays.

The Upper East Side, firm favorite for housing in NYC

Expat US relocation services relocates employees all over the United States. We aim to find the best places in every city for our clients, so that they feel at home and have the best possible experience in their new city. In New York, the Upper East Side has proven to be a favorite among our expatriates.

The Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, which can be found between Central Park/Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. It has become one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city and contains the largest concentration of individual wealth in Manhattan; take a walk through the neighborhood and you could bump into anyone from Woody Allen, to Spike Lee or even Madonna.

As well as being a hotspot for celebrity sightings, the Upper East Side also boasts a great number of other attractions. A walk through the neighborhood will allow you to sample some of the city’s best cuisine, buy keepsakes and find activities to keep the children entertained. Furthermore, the eclectic mix of old and new architecture adds to the Upper East Side’s charm.

For a perfect day in the Upper East Side, we suggest starting your morning with a coffee and a fresh pastry. The area is now home to one of the most famous French bakeries, Maison Kayser that has recently opened a store on 74th and 3rd avenue and that will give you a taste of France in the middle of New York City. Following breakfast, take advantage of the many children’s clubs in the area, where they can take music classes, gym classes or other activities, which will give you time to enjoy the shops in the area. The Upper East Side is home to luxury stores and a wide variety of fine restaurants, which has landed it the nickname of the “Silk Stocking District”.

For a more relaxing day, you could take advantage of the many spas and nail salons present in the area for a day of pure pampering in true New York style.

If you are looking for a grocery store you will be spoilt for choice; Zabar, Fairway, Agatha, Valentina, Citarella, Costco and the Food Emporium are all nearby to cater to all your grocery needs.

A key concern for expatriates with children when searching for a place to live in a new city is the proximity to schools and the quality of the education their children will receive. The Upper East Side is a firm favorite for expatriates with children as it is home to some of the best schools in the city, like for example the Brearley School or the Dalton school. Furthermore the neighborhood is home to the Lycée Français, which is one of the most renowned bilingual French schools in North America.

Expat US relocates most of their expatriates to apartments in this neighborhood located in the area from 68th street to 97th street between York and 3rd.


Columbus Day: Celebration of the first European to expatriate to the Americas.

Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907. In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States.

Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. This date, which represents the day that Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the USA. However, it is a controversial holiday in some countries and has been re-named in others.

Here are 10 fun facts about the sailor who remains “the discoverer of the Americas”:

1. Columbus did not set out to prove the earth was round.
Contrary to popular belief by 1492 most educated people knew that the world was round, but they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed. As a result, Columbus and his contemporaries assumed that only the Atlantic lay between Europe and the riches of the East Indies.

2. Christopher Columbus was not the first European to cross the Atlantic.
Leif Eriksson, a Norse Viking, is believed to have landed in present-day Newfoundland around 1000 A.D., almost five centuries before Columbus set sail. If we go further back, some historians even claim that Ireland’s Saint Brendan or other Celtic people crossed the Atlantic before Eriksson.

3. Three countries refused to finance Columbus’ voyage.
Portugal, England and France refused to finance Columbus’ quest to discover a western sea route to Asia. According to the royal advisors, his calculations were wrong and the journey would take much longer than he thought. In Spain similar concerns were raised to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Advisors were right, Christopher Columbus underestimated the earth’s circumference and the size of the oceans. That’s why (luckily for him and his crew) he ran into the uncharted Americas.

4. Columbus’ had several ships but Nina and Pinta were not the real names.
In 15th-century Spain, ships were traditionally named after saints. However, one of the three ships on Columbus’ 1492 voyage was dubbed the Pinta, Spanish for “the painted one” or “prostitute.” The Santa Clara, was nicknamed the Nina in honor of its owner, Juan Nino. Finally, the Santa Maria is called by its official name, even if its nickname was La Gallega, after the province of Galicia in which it was built.

5. The Santa Maria was wrecked on Columbus’ historic voyage.
On Christmas Eve of 1492, the ship ran into a coral reef on the northern coast of Hispaniola, near present-day Cap Haitien, Haiti. The whole crew spent Christmas night salvaging the Santa Maria. Columbus returned to Spain aboard the Nina, but he had to leave nearly 40 crewmembers behind to start the first European settlement in the Americas (La Navidad).
Sadly, when Columbus returned to the settlement in the fall of 1493, none of the crew were found alive.

6. Columbus made four voyages to the New World.
Although best known for his historic 1492 expedition, Columbus returned to the Americas three more times in the following decade. His voyages took him to Caribbean islands, South America and Central America.

7. Columbus returned to Spain in chains in 1500.
Columbus’s governance of Hispaniola could be brutal and tyrannical. Native islanders who did not collect enough gold could have their hands cut off, and rebel Spanish colonists were executed at the gallows. Colonists complained to the monarchy about mismanagement and a royal commissioner dispatched to Hispaniola arrested Columbus in August 1500 and brought him back to Spain in chains. Although Columbus was stripped of his governorship, King Ferdinand not only granted the explorer his freedom but subsidized a fourth voyage.

8. Tintin and Christopher Columbus both used a lunar eclipse as their “savior”
In February 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica, abandoned by half his crew and denied food by the islanders. Once again, the heavens that he relied on for navigation, would save him. Knowing from his almanac that a lunar eclipse was coming on February 29, 1504, Columbus warned the islanders that his god was upset with their refusal of food and that the moon would “rise inflamed with wrath” as an expression of divine displeasure. On the appointed night, the eclipse darkened the moon and turned it red, and the terrified islanders offered provisions and beseeched Columbus to ask his god for mercy. A tintin story was inspired by this.

9. Columbus continued to cross the Atlantic after his death.
Following his death in 1506, Columbus was buried in Valladolid, Spain, and then moved to Seville. At the request of his daughter-in-law, the bodies of Columbus and his son Diego were shipped across the Atlantic to Hispaniola and interred in a Santo Domingo cathedral. When the French captured the island in 1795, the Spanish dug up remains thought to be those of the explorer and moved them to Cuba before returning them to Seville after the Spanish-American War in 1898. However, a box with human remains and the explorer’s name was discovered inside the Santo Domingo cathedral in 1877. Did the Spaniards exhume the wrong body? DNA testing in 2006 found evidence that at least some of the remains in Seville are those of Columbus. The Dominican Republic has refused to let the other remains be tested. It could be possible that pieces of Columbus are both in the New World and the Old World.

10. Legacy: Heirs of Columbus and the Spanish monarchy were in litigation until 1790.
After the death of Columbus, his heirs waged a lengthy legal battle with the Spanish crown, claiming that the monarchy short-changed them on money and profits that were owed to the explorer. Most of the Columbus lawsuits were settled by 1536, but the legal proceedings nearly dragged on until the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ famous voyage.

If, like Colombus, you are thinking about crossing the Atlantic to relocate to the U.S., be sure to use Expat US relocation services for all your needs.


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