Repatriation is often described a surprisingly more difficult than moving overseas. You may be returning home to a life that is familiar, but you and your family have changed. Many repatriates find it harder to fit in and are disappointed at the lack of interest that friends and family have in hearing about your expat experience. And, reverse culture shock often makes you question your society's own culture and values. Luckily, you are not alone in the repatriation process. Here are some articles to help you through repatriation.
Popular Articles about Repatriation
Kay Barney offers a great list of to dos before and during a repatriation to Australia. Her advice is universal and helpful for anyone repatriating.
Anamika Majumder was a newlywed Indian expat living in Boston who attended graduate school, entered the business world and raised two young children. She and her husband ultimately decided to repatriate to India to raise their children in their home country. She describes their return to Bangalore and how she decided to start a Bangalore based non profit charitable trust called One Billion Literates Foundation.
Just returning from a two-year stint in Belgium, Dotson is working on reassimilating into American culture and finding a sense of normalcy back "home."
Due to the recession, some families are being moved home earlier than had been planned, or transferred to local status. How does an abrupt repatriation affect your kids? How will it affect their schooling and emotional well being?
Most people are prepared to experience some effects of culture shock when move abroad, but less are prepared to experience reverse culture shock when they repatriate.
You adjusted to expat life and survived the phases of culture shock. Going home will be easy, right? Wrong. Many former expats describe repatriation as incredibly challenging. This checklist gives great advice for preparing to go home starting a year before your move.