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 FIGT CONNECTIONS         Issue 49 March 31, 2016


Research Forum
From Our Gold Sponsor, International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG)
On the FIGT Blog
Affiliate News

Fresh from the FIGT Conference in Amsterdam, we are excited to share new developments and news of interest to our growing FIGT community. If you have a topic you’d like to see in future newsletters, please e-mail

#FIGTNL16 photos have also been posted on our website. Check them out if you weren’t able to attend this year, or to reminisce about the great time you had if you were able to come!


With regard to research, FIGT’s goal is to cultivate, support, and disseminate rigorous research pertinent to families/individuals in global transition. FIGT is a forum for researchers to come together with those undergoing worldwide relocations and the practitioners assisting them. Families/individuals in cross-cultural transition and service providers benefit from being the first to hear the latest findings, and researchers benefit from the input and wisdom of those they study and the service providers who support them.
The Research Forum at #FIGTNL16 was standing room only and generated so much interest and enthusiasm that it was continued at 8 am the following morning, meeting in a hallway to continue discussion of research issues. The Research Network is pleased that Sarah Bringhurst Familia from the Expatriate Archive Center has agreed to assume responsibility for the FIGT Research Network Newsletter. There is great synergy between the research interests of the two organizations.
In other exciting news, the inaugural issue of the FIGT sponsored Journal of Cross Cultural Family Studies is due out shortly. FIGT researchers are encouraged to submit articles or book reviews to this online journal to
For more information about the FIGT Research Network, including a Call for Papers for the Journal of Cross Cultural Family Studies, click here


International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG)

We are pleased to share an article from our #FIGTNL16 Gold Sponsor, the International Family Law Group (iFLG). IFLG is a specialist legal practice based in Covent Garden, London looking after the interests of national and international families and children with any connection to England.
The phrase “You just never think it is going to happen to you” is one we hear often. People just don’t talk about or even stop to consider any potential legal issues which might affect their relationships or families when they move abroad, or their spouse is moved abroad.
Read "It'll Never Happen to Us."


The role of cross-cultural heritage for the identity of global citizens. Dr Laia Colmer sets a question for future research. 2 March 2016

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A needs assessment of an expat partner should provide individualised results. Karen Glerum describes the Global Connection approach. 5 March 2016

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Killian Kroll opens and closes the 2016 FIGT conference. March 10 2016

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Emilie Alexandra Frijs Due prompts FIGT members to share their blog pages to create a resource list. Here is the beginning of that impressive list. 18 March 2016

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Contributions to the FIGT blog are welcome from current members. Please email your submissions to


By popular request, the FIGT Netherlands Affiliate is hosting a Coffee Meeting in April, as a chance to reconnect after our inspiring time together at the FIGT conference, and propose future activities.
Date: April 8, 2016
Time: 10:30-12 noon
Location: The Expatriate Archive Center
Please email to RSVP:

The purpose of FIGT affiliates is to carry forward the global mission of promoting cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success, and well-being of people crossing cultures across the world. For information about our affiliates, please check the links below.

The Netherlands
Research Network


Families in Global Transition is run on the excellent efforts of its Board of Directors and Committee Members. All posts are voluntary. As was announced at the Conference in Amsterdam, we are actively seeking new Nominations for the upcoming 2-year Board terms commencing this fall as well as looking for committee members.
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining us in taking FIGT to the next level, please keep your eyes peeled for the Nominations email to follow in April. It’s the perfect opportunity to use your creative skills while you’re in transition while helping create valuable resources for our community.  
Start refreshing that resume!

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