9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS09 Research Methods in Ethnic and Migration Studies

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Discussion of Methodological Questions in Migration Studies Building I, 2E5

Survival Guide for Expats in Russia

Relocation to another country is always an important decision to make, meaning not only change of environment but also readiness to merge into allogenic culture.
Russia is a crumpet for Western companies, due to its developing economics and big opportunities it offers.
Transnational corporations and representatives attract colleagues from European offices for the purpose of business establishment and shift preparing in its Russian offices. The management board of biggest companies consists of expatriated employees.
Regardless of difficulties in perception of Russian mentality and national peculiarities, labour migrants take offers from representative offices and filiations of foreign companies located in Russia and together with their families move to Russia, automatically gaining status of expat. Needless to say that their relocation is supported by attractive contracts covering housing allowance, benefit plans as well as monetary compensation that is several times higher than their existing salaries.
As the bases for the following research became years of experience working with expatriates, being able to observe their internal community from the inside.
An important link, that initiated research and development of directed seminars on foreign employee's adaptation in Russia, was the first seminar, organized by Russian-British Chamber of Commerce with support of British Business Club in March 2008: "Survival Guide for Expats in Russia". The Seminar touched upon topics that are considered most vital for foreign citizens living in Moscow, such as: search and rent of accommodation, work related issues, visa support, immigration rules and regulations, social infrastructure, children's education as well as cross-cultural moments and other peculiarities of expats' everyday life.
The following research will be based on reports of afore mentioned seminar, annual compensations survey reports conducted by Hay Group, survey polls and individual interviews with expatriates as well as personal observations The added value of the research will be in development and implementation of new techniques and methods that can be used by HR departments in terms of adaptation and cultural integration of expatriated employees working in the company.