I have been an expat for a number of years now in HR and related roles and have seen mobilizations that work and equally I have seen mobilizations where there have been huge problems. This is based on my work as a Senior HR person with multi -national companies and also what I have observed over the years I have been in the Middle East.
Mobilization to another country to live and work is an opportunity to improve your life experience and hopefully your economic circumstances. It is not always an easy process and the increasing move towards nationalization by countries of the GCC and the changing structure of the local economies here have
created their own set of challenges. I would now like to pass on to you some tips for mobilizing to another country based on my own professional and personal observations.
1) Where it is a legal requirement of the law of your always mobilize through an accredited agency. Processes set out by POEA in the Philippines and their equivalent organisations in other countries are there for a reason and that is to protect you as an individual. It may take time to follow the correct path but it is worth it.
2) Make sure that you have sufficient information about the country you are mobilizing to, your prospective employer, salary and other terms and conditions prior to mobilization.
3) Make sure that you have a written employment contract as it is a legal requirement.
4) Make sure you understand the contract that you have been given
5) Make sure that the contract that you are given on arrival in your country of employment reflects what you signed on for in your home country.
6) Make sure that you have the contact details of your embassy or nearest consulate and register your details with them.
7) Make sure that you make yourself aware of the basic labor law provisions of your country of employment.
8) Make sure that you are aware of the laws of the country that you are mobilizing to and the consequences of non-compliance with those laws.
I am working with my partners in HR.Com ( www.hr.com) on some material dealing with these issues and I will pass on further information when they are finalized