Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 8, January 2005

Kinga Williams and Rose Aghdami

Managing migration: The applied psychology of international transitions


Abstract

Fact: Placing a skilled executive overseas for a three-year contract can cost as much as US$ 1 million.
Fact: A significant number of overseas sojourns fail, leading to premature repatriation.
Fact: Psychological adjustment to the new culture is the make or break of cross-cultural transitions.

Managing migration successfully is, therefore, crucial.
The paper will introduce the Mensana Model of Managing Migration.
According to the model, migration follows a five-stage psychological process, requiring management via three levels of support. The desired outcome is the development of the understanding and skills necessary to make the international sojourn a success for all involved.


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