Expat repatriation: Returning home after life abroad

Recently, we’ve seen an increase in families and individuals looking to return to their home country. Repatriation can mean a big adjustment period for many people. Here are our tips for adjusting to life back home:

Accept that you have changed

Many return home and expect that it will be easy to slip back into the routine they once knew. However, we are all shaped by our experiences and living abroad will have changed you. But this is not a bad thing, it means that you can come back home with fresh eyes, knowing that the explorer in you has not left. There’s likely going to be new places to visit and things to do that will satisfy your inner traveler.

Be patient normality will come

Repatriation does not mean you will instantly be settled into your old life just because you have roots there. It will happen, but it’s OK for it to take some time before you feel settled in at home. Yes it once was your normal, but you’ve changed and so has the home you left behind. Give it time.

It’s OK to feel homesick at home

Don’t feel guilty about missing where you used to live. You would have been homesick some days when you lived abroad too I’m sure. It’s OK to love both places.

But you did it!

Many will experience their repatriation differently. No matter your journey to settling in to life back home, always remember what you did. Relocating abroad no matter the timeframe is a big step, that many people will never get to experience. So take great pleasure in remembering all the adventures you had and all the adventures that lie ahead of you now.

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