The popularity of Oyster Bay and Masaki in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Jun 30, 2020 @ 04:14 PM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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    On my most recent trip, I surveyed Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital and most populous city in Tanzania. While conducting my survey, I observed that several areas have developed in order to cater to expatriate needs. While overall availability of goods and services is consistent, certain categories are lacking and require purchases to be made on home leave or through travel to nearby international cities, like Nairobi.

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    2020 Commuter Survey Report Now Available!

    Jun 24, 2020 @ 02:09 PM / by Brooke Caligan

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    Commuter assignments have long been in use by companies, with and without a formal governing policy in place. Commonly used to meet specific business needs, commuter assignments are defined as a temporary arrangement in which the employee lives in one country where their family resides (if applicable) and works in another, making frequent and regular trips to the same work location (e.g. weekly, daily). 

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    A Tale of Two Cities: Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria

    Jun 23, 2020 @ 03:45 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    The decision to move the Nigerian capital from Lagos to Abuja was made in 1976. However, after many years of planning, development, and construction, Abuja finally replaced Lagos as the political capital in 1991.

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    A Cautious Hopefulness Prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak: My Cost-of-Living Survey in Brazil

    Jun 16, 2020 @ 05:45 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    Before my trip to Brazil, I heard both positive and negative impressions of the country. Since it was my first time visiting, I was interested to see which kind of experience I’d have. It ended up being a bit of both.

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    Virtual Assignments: Pulse Survey Results [Download]

    Jun 11, 2020 @ 03:59 PM / by Brooke Caligan

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    AIRINC’s recent pulse survey on virtual assignments finds that this emerging type of mobility is top of mind for mobility professionals. Virtual assignments are defined as an arrangement in which the employee lives in one country but performs their job remotely in another country.

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    Cape Town Security During Load Shedding

    Jun 09, 2020 @ 02:37 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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    I arrived in Cape Town during Stage 4 load shedding, when state-run energy company Eskom was conducting one of four scheduled two-hour blackouts. In Camps Bay, I passed expatriate quality homes along the water and saw that every home displayed a large security company sticker. I also noticed that, even during a blackout, electric fences were still buzzing.

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    What's happening with global currencies this month?

    Jun 05, 2020 @ 06:45 AM / by Morgan Grenier

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    While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt global markets, depreciation has slowed in many locations and some currencies are beginning to recover lost value. Let’s take a look at some notable currency movements of the past month.

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    Hong Kong: Protests and the Risks Ahead

    Jun 04, 2020 @ 08:15 PM / by Fred Schlomann

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    On 21 May 2020, the Chinese government proposed enacting a new law in Hong Kong on national security regulations, under the provisions of Annex III of its basic law. This proposal, while lacking many details, has created speculation and concern regarding the impact it may have on the political and business environment in Hong Kong.

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    Going to the 'Park' in Fort McMurray, Canada

    Jun 02, 2020 @ 12:15 AM / by Philli Wong

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    At the beginning of 2020, I surveyed Fort McMurray, an oil town in northeast Alberta, Canada. In January, there are limited outdoor activities in Alberta, so on a Sunday, it was recommended I go to a “park” walkable from the hotel. 

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    Urban Flooding during Survey in South America

    May 27, 2020 @ 07:55 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    While South American countries have a wet season, the duration and severity vary. Knowing this and having traveled extensively throughout the continent, my February survey delivered some unique experiences. I encountered urban flooding in both Brazil and Paraguay and in both instances the flooding occurred subsequent to a relatively short period of rainfall. Both times also seemed to be a failure of infrastructure more than anything else.

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