Interdean Explores the Lives of Expat Partners

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Following a recent investigation into the happiness of expat families, the specialists at Interdean have shared some advice for the partners of those accompanying their spouse abroad.

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86% of expatriates take their wife or husband along with them when moving overseas.

The article Expat Partners, published in InterNations reveals that as many as 86% of expatriates take their wife or husband along with them when moving overseas. It also reveals that statistically, the majority of travelling spouses are women. Featuring a case study of a 32 year old woman who left her home city of Milan to pursue her husband to Cape Town, the article identifies some problems commonly encountered, including a loss of freedom, the struggle to adapt to a new culture and inability to find new employment.

Renowned for helping customers to move overseas for more than 50 years, Interdean is often approached by families relocating due to new business opportunities. As such, they are familiar with the challenges that accompanying partners can face. A representative from Interdean offers some tips on coping with the changes.

"A career can be a big distraction from the changes in lifestyle and culture that come with a new country. As well as a good way of meeting people, a job helps instil a sense of purpose during what can be an unsettling time. In contrast, the travelling partner often has to put their career on hold, and can feel held back by language barriers. Embracing your new culture is important, as well as making an effort to learn and practise the local language. Many also use the opportunity to continue their education."

Thinking of Moving? Think Interdean.

Interdean helps families, expats, backpackers, travellers and students move overseas. Established in 1958, Interdean provides moving, storage, shipping air freight, excess baggage, visa and immigration, and full relocation services to worldwide destinations. Interdean is FIDI FAIM PLUS accredited and has over 123 offices worldwide.

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