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Geopolitics and global mobility

Geopolitics and global mobility

Geopolitical volatility is shaping global mobility policies.

Geopolitical volatility is shaping global mobility policies.

Now more than ever, global mobility and human resources professionals need to develop their geopolitical knowledge and skills. Rising political uncertainty around the world is creating increasingly challenging situations for companies seeking to move the talent they want, into the location where they are needed. Companies and their mobile workforces are facing slower processing times to obtain visas and work permits and in my cases rejections where they have never faced rejections before. And the uncertainty is not limited to mobility and immigration, as tax authorities in many jurisdictions – including the more than one hundred countries that have signed-up to the automatic exchange of information – are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they obtain the information they need to ensure companies and individuals are paying the right amount of tax.

Being compliant in these more complex areas, such as frequent business travelers, is no longer an option, it’s a necessity for a company to avoid severe consequences, both for their own business but also for their employees. It requires more up-front planning, effort and thought, and is giving rise to modern alternatives of mobile employees such as: short-term assignments, ‘gig’ workers, extended business trips and overseas training which also present new and more frequent interactions with border authorities.

As part of a broader initiative exploring the future of mobility, here we will dive deeper into how geopolitical volatility is impacting global mobility policies and practices.

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