MAKING YOUR MOVE AND YOUR STAY SAFE & WORRILESS
We know you’re busy, so the way we operate is dedicated to make your moving and settling in as relaxing and safe as possible.
We do the running around, in order to ensure, regarding your home and business, this safety and security, leaving you free to focus on what’s important to you.
• Helping choosing a safe area
• Previewing properties on your behalf
• Helping you to get familiarized with the area
• Employee vetting, contractors and potential business associates
• Local or international schools
• Partner support
• Providing you with a comprehensive dos and don’ts list as to avoid any faux-pas which could jeopardize yours and your family’s safety upon arrival and during your stay
Providing contact details for your health
• General practitioners
• Emergency numbers and routes
HOW TO SUCCEED EXPATRIATION IN AFRICA
For many executives, even today, moving to Africa to pursue a professional career is synonymous with adventure. Between disorientation and adrenaline, the bet can be risky for someone who does not put all the chances on his side.
But do not only rely on your lucky star for the success of your moving to Africa. Better rely on a Relocation Service society specialized in the country of your destination.
Lyon Risk Management will provide you a complete package for your installation including a full security briefing on your destination.
If needed, we will monitor the security and the political situation for you and you will receive a comprehensive delivery of content from the previous month featuring insights and guidance for the month ahead.
We can also train you for your safety
Between the pre-departure reflection phase and the points to keep in mind when arriving on the spot, here are some key points for successful expatriation on the continent.
Africa is a wide-ranging continent, and even if you have experienced a previous expatriation on a country in the region, conditions can change enormously between two neighboring countries.
The decision-making phase
The information required before deciding to leave is not only due to the professional opportunity or the security of the country. Even more so if you go with family, any information about the everyday environment of the country is important.
Indeed, if the expatriate normally works in a familiar environment, his or her partner or children will be immersed in an environment that is totally foreign to them. It is therefore important to identify each aspect of the environment that will affect you and your family: Schooling, social life, safety, health.
The preparation phase
In preparing for an expatriation in Africa, more than anywhere else, the assistance of the company that hires you and your personal research will be crucial. It is necessary for you to have an accurate idea by yourself of the place that awaits you.
Most of the multinationals present on the continent advice their employees to contact expatriate networks that are locally available and very often available online. Personal homework is also necessary. Your curiosity and your own research of information will allow you to visualize and anticipate your future conditions on the spot.
But most important is to do not hesitate to refer to your managers or your HR department to ask for the services of a specialized service provider.
Once in the field, the adaptation phase can determine the success, both professionally and personally. Expatriates already on site can be a first point of contact with local life but be careful, do not expect them to give you all the means to immerse yourself in your host country. Once again, only a professional agency can guide you and your family through the complete process.
English-speaking and French-speaking Africa
If you are in English-speaking Africa, as for instance in Nigeria, Ghana or some part of Cameroon, the language barrier is non-existent, but the fact remains that you will have to adapt to the habits and customs in order to immerse yourself in the culture of the country.
In French-speaking Africa, as in Cote d’Ivoire, the two Republic of Congo and more, French language spoken by local people may be far different from which you have learned.
On the professional side, the African world of work is known for its specificity. However, many speak well after working there. Relationships of trust within an African team are even more important than elsewhere, and you need to build relationships of mutual respect in order to achieve results for the whole team. Exemplarity, professionalism, self-discipline and rigor are essential qualities to be accepted and recognized over time.
If you have moved with family, it is necessary to ensure the well-being of all members of your family. If your partner does not work, make sure that he or she can participate in the community, integrate into the local life and grow personally. If you have children, make sure that they are in contact with the outside otherwise than through the school.
Expatriation is what a challenge : Let us help you
Expatriation is an unforgettable professional and personal challenge and a means of making a fresh start in many ways. However, it is easy to end up after several years in a worse situation than the initial one.
In order to succeed in expatriation, reflection, preparation and adaptation are essential.
This is the reason why Lyon Risk Management is committed to provide you with realistic and pragmatic actions and not just vague principles.
Lyon Risk Management offers its experience and expertise in order to have the necessary know-how to best guarantee the safety of yourself and your family.