We are excited to share this beautiful project created by expats for expats! The Expats & Spouses Monitor is a research project that sheds light on different aspects of expat life. It has been created by two experienced expats, Dr. Carlos Morales and Amaia Izar de la Fuente. Their goal is to create awareness about the challenges expats face and find ways to promote international talent integration in Germany. Amaia, co-creator of the project, tells us all about it.
We all know that moving to another country is both an exciting and challenging adventure. You step out of your comfort zone to adapt to a new environment and create new connections.
Every one of us handles the adaptation differently. Even inside the same couple, the challenges you cope with are not the same. If you move to work or do it as an accompanying partner, your journey is different.
People that move to work tend to have fewer identity problems. Even though integrating into a new work environment can be challenging, staying at home can be even harder. You have to deal with the many unforeseen situations that lay ahead. Daily things like shopping for groceries or booking an appointment with a doctor can become headaches, especially if you don’t speak the local language. On top of that, professional integration can be difficult without a supportive network.
The Expats & Spouses Monitor is a research project that collects information about this and other issues faced by expats in Germany. How easy is it to integrate in Germany? Are men and women equally satisfied with their careers? What challenges do expat partners find to integrate professionally? How easy is it to become an expat entrepreneur? Is Germany a family-friendly country?
To answer these and other questions, we have created a comprehensive questionnaire that collects information about key areas of expats’ life:
The questionnaire has been developed after interviewing +45 expats, expats’ partners and HR managers, and it has been pre-tested by +50 people belonging to these groups before its launching.
The key goal is to generate reliable knowledge to help create awareness about the expats’ living and working conditions. These insights can support companies and public organisations when attracting, integrating, and retaining international talent.
Amaia Izar de la Fuente
About the founders:
Amaia Izar de la Fuente is originally from Spain. She holds a degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Commercial and Marketing Management. She has worked as a Business Consultant, Project Manager, Marketing professional, and Business Developer during her career.
She arrived in Germany with her family in 2016. There, she co-founded the International Women in Business Düsseldorf, a non-profit-organization that creates networking opportunities for expat women in the Düsseldorf area. She then co-created the Expats & Spouses Monitor.
Carlos Morales was born in Perú and has worked over the last 20 years as department leader, entrepreneur, consultant, professor and researcher in Europe and Latin America. He holds a degree in social psychology and an MBA.
He got his PhD in Sociology at the Humboldt University of Berlin researching entrepreneurs. He regularly publishes research about entrepreneurship, career development and diversity management. Currently, besides his consulting activity, he is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Sussex Business School.