Expat life: general issues
Expats are, generally speaking, strong and resilient people. However, expat life also involves expat challenges and we all have our vulnerabilities.
- Life as an expatriate entails transitions abroad, and a general need for cultural adjustment, expatriate acculturation and some ‘cultural intelligence’; Expatriate acculturation involves also dealing with language barriers and depends on the expats’ language ability
- All kinds of family events and living and work conditions might combine and make life difficult
- When cultural adjustment is burdensome, a possible outcome is culture shock. [link cultural adjustment and culture shock]
- This might give risk or result in different psychiatric conditions, involving depression, anxiety, confusion, etc.