Why Work Abroad

by Marcel Bitoun, Vice. Pres.; HARZA Engineering, Chicago, Ill.,
Merja Lehtinen, Prod. Ed.; Civil Engineering — ASCE, New York N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 11, Pg. 55-57

Document Type: Feature article


Many engineering firms send staff overseas, and more are planning to enter the international market of exporting expertise. Advantages gained by the individual and his or her family must be carefully weighed against the risks involved. With proper preparation, and a full understanding of the overseas environment, the assignment can be a pleasurable one for all involved. Clues are given as to how to evaluate the merits of the assignment so that if accepted it matches the expectations of those involved. Professional qualifications and character are important criteria which must suit the overseas station. Also, tax laws governing the American worker abroad are reviewed.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Taxation | Laws | Labor

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