For an employee with the desire to move countries but not to upset their working life or career altogether, the barriers to relocation are shrinking left and right. Say you want to leave Germany because of objections to its lenient immigration laws, or flee Greece over austerity measures, and have the means to do so, it may now be easier than ever before.
“Sometimes it’s possible to dictate your own terms,” Peppard says.
Peppard says there’s no telling how many workers or entire companies, particularly in the West, will move for political or ethical reasons in the next few years, as national debates over globalism make some countries more insular and others more open. It may be a phenomenon that’s more talked about than a reality, he says, or it could be the start of a global trend.
“Technology has meant people are not tied to an office the ways they have been,” says Peppard, himself a native of Ireland who splits his time teaching in Germany and Australia. “It’s an entire shift in the mindset of demarcation.”
Staying home instead
While some are moving to new countries for a better personal fit, others are declining offers to work overseas for the same reasons.