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Lena Rekdal

Lena Rekdal has lived in Tunisia, Sweden, Norway, UK, and the US so it was not a far stretch to found Newcomer's Immigration & Relocation in the 90s. SInce then Newcomer's has assisted tens of thousands of inbound and outbound employees to Sweden. Being passionate about relocation she may be a lifer in the global mobility field.
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Recent Posts

Challenges when opening a new company branch abroad

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Aug 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Sweden is one of the most innovative and competitive places in the world to do business.

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Helping Employees overcome Change and Culture Shock

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Aug 9, 2016 12:00:00 PM

With increasing globalization of the modern economy, the impact on both expats and businesses concerning "culture shock" is coming into focus. The presence of this phenomenon has been known for decades and longer but it remained understudied due to the less than sufficient sample sizes of expats and the smaller non-forced migration populations that had existed prior to the onset economic globalization. Currently, more and more sociologists and other scientists are coming to understand that the impact of "Culture Shock" can be profound and companies are now taking steps to helping employees with change. By helping your employees and giving them a warm welcome you can ensure a successful relocation!

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7 Things Swedish Global Mobility Managers Should Tell New Recruits

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Aug 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Global mobility is on the rise almost everywhere, both because employees are more open than ever to the idea of working overseas and because employers need global mobility to solve talent shortages in companies that have an increasingly "multinational complexion."

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Topics: Relocation to Sweden

What you need to know before moving to Sweden

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jul 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In today's contemporary world, economies are more globalized in a sense. The days of sending a company's most talented employees to do business in a foreign country aren't necessarily relevant in today's society. Individuals with certain degrees, trade's skill, or certifications can make the choice on their own if they want to branch out and further their careers. The International Job Market is huge and offers individuals great pay if they're willing to relocate, but there are some down-falls as well.

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A Healthy Welcome to Working in Sweden

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jul 19, 2016 4:14:00 PM

When it comes to starting a new job, there are a variety of aspects that might cause anxiety and disease. You probably remember some of these elements yourself. There’s new people to meet and remember, programs to learn, and a building to navigate. Crossing that with corporate immigration makes for all the confusion of a new country, learning a language and customs, confronted with unfamiliar sights and smells and foods a part of the new employee experience. The relocation to Sweden is a big change and it’s your job at HR to try and make that change as smooth as possible in the work place.

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USA Immigration: L versus H Visa

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jul 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Avoiding deportation after US immigration is no mean task, so the way you handle your visas is critical. If you have a family member who’s a US citizen, they can file for a visa on your behalf, but don’t rely solely on one waiting list. Instead, file multiple petitions and be sure to arrive at the consulate or US immigration offices on time to avoid months of delays. There are two working visas that you might be eligible for: the L-2 and H Visas.

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EU Immigration: A Proposal for EU Blue Cards

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jul 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

To Strengthen European Immigration, European Union Proposes New Blue Card Directive

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Topics: Swedish Immigration

How to Easily Get a Business Visa for Sweden

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jun 28, 2016 4:14:00 PM


Most foreign nationals, including those from the United States, don’t require a business visa to enter Sweden especially if they intend to stay for less than 90 days. However, for workers who expect to stay in Sweden for longer, a Visa is prerequisite.

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Topics: Working in Sweden

How to Prepare Companies for the Brexit

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jun 27, 2016 11:01:29 AM

The world woke up to a new reality on June 24th – the UK had voted to leave the European Union. Immediately the media went into a frenzy projecting all kinds of outcomes, with everyone wondering how to prepare for the Brexit.  Most of these outcomes were projected  being catastrophic – with none of them working in the favor of neither the UK or the EU. Even though the UK has yet to evoke Article 50 whereby the UK officially requests their departure with no way back from the EU, the UK’s leaving the European Union brings up a myriad of new questions for HR;  

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Topics: HR, Moving to Sweden, Brexit

Sweden - Migration Agency anticipate summer delays for Work Visas

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Jun 23, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Migration Agency Anticipate Summer Delays For Work Visas

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