Global South expatriates, homesickness and adjustment approaches

Hack-polay, Dieu (2020) Global South expatriates, homesickness and adjustment approaches. Public Health Reviews, 41 (1). ISSN 2107-6952

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The research examines homesickness in organisationally assigned expatriates from developing countries or Global South serving in Western contexts. It investigates the extent to which homesickness has personal and organisational consequences and explores the coping mechanisms used by expatriates.

This is a qualitative research built on unstructured interviews with organisationally assigned expatriates from the Global South.

The research found that homesickness has consequences for both expatriates and organisations. These consequences include psycho-social disorder, deterioration of physical health which damagingly affects individual well-being, work outcomes and organisational commitment.

Practical implications
The practical implications centre on the opportunity for policy and strategy formulation by international human resource management (HRM) within organisations to improve the mental health of Global South expatriates, thus seeding the ingredients for better performance and job satisfaction.

This research makes significant additions to the expatriate literature in exposing the homesickness experiences of expatriates from the Global South in advanced economies. Two main coping frameworks used by expatriates are proposed. These copying frameworks centre on positive practices and negative practices which, in turn, encapsulate five adjustment approaches. The research explains how Global South expatriates use these models in practice.

Keywords:Global South, Expatriates, Emigration, Homesickness, Qualitative research, Psycho-social disorder, Well-being, International human resource management
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:41641
Deposited On:24 Jul 2020 14:59

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