EWMD Asia Pacific - Disrupting Global Work Lives

Disrupting Global Work Lives

The borderless, international lifestyle which many global professionals and their families have taken for granted over past decades has been drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. How have motivations and expectations changed?
Over 500 expatriates of 55 different nationalities in 48 countries answered a survey conducted between March and June 2020. which reveals that the globally mobile workforce of expatriates has been significantly impacted by closed borders, cancelled flights and the introduction of new entry restrictions for foreign residents in this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. EWMD members Prof Marie-Therese Claes and Waltraut Ritter are part of the research team, and inviting interested members, who work outside their native country to join the survey. The survey is open until the end of September 2020.  Results will be presented in an online seminar in October.




EWMD Asia Pacific members met Eva Valle Lagares, Head of Trade Section at the EU office to Hong Kong and Macao. After two years in Hong Kong, Lagares is moving to Beijing to serve as Head of Trade at the EU Delegation to China, a position at the heart of EU-China trade and investment relations. Certainly a challenging job in the current geopolitical climate. We wish her best of luck and hope there will be some opportunities for EWMD members to learn more about EU China business issues.