Sustainable Expatriation


Dependent Expat Women
Career Solution for Mental Health

Stichting Sustainable Expatriation is a new foundation established in The Hague, Netherlands, in May 2022. Our tech-enabled global social impact innovation project is registered in the European Commission investment portal EIPP-20201762 and is open for grants, sponsorship and funding.

Our mission

Our mission is to enable inclusive multilateral dialogue and create an inclusive ecosystem for expat partner belonging, reintegration and career remediation. This will help to protect human rights and health, exposed to the constant and life-shortening stress of globally displaced dependent expat women and life partners of international assignees with the help of technology.

In 2022 many spouses, previously denied work permits, faced as a result of career gaps, unemployability when repatriating, social and economic inequalities, systemic discrimination of their human rights to work and an absence of tangible support. Our Foundation enables inclusive multilateral dialogue on the urgent need for remediation of the globally faced inequalities of expat spouses/life partners.

We see our primary focus to solving vast inequalities of mothers with children under 18 and widows with serial expat backgrounds who, despite intercultural and professional competencies, cannot find employment after career gaps yet hold unique intercultural competence.
This competence we aim to integrate into economic recovery with the help of technology and cooperation with business, the European Union, global recruitment service providers and the governments.

We raise awareness of the vulnerable position of the expat population, with a special focus on historically discriminated female expat spouses.

We are aiming to share our findings with the relevant UN organisations, such as the UNGP, UN Women, the OECD and the ILO, to regulate the situation of invisible yet devestating consequences of existing expatriation globally, affecting the health and lives of primary women, who end up unemployable due to the current unsustainable approach to expatriation from the national policies, prohibiting the dependent spouses from work, which involuntary violates universal human rights of women in many countries in 2022.

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What if we make it right?

Grounded in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence and 20 years of personal experience as a serial expat partner plus 16 years of career recreation, Marina has tapped into a unique shared value approach for managing expatriates, former and present.

Together we can create inclusive European economy which leaves no one behind, creating win-win outcomes for people, affected by globalisation, for organisations, and European economy dependent on expat talent attraction and retention.

Inclusive Sustainable Expatriation is a road map for international organisations with the globally rotated employees, multinational corporations.

Join our Foundation as a founding member today and we will help you launch inclusive Sustainable Expatriation process, which leaves no expat partner behind.

Our Foundation has a goal to help organisations to embrace social sustainability:

  • Plan and align with management actionable steps on how your organisation can embrace social sustainability in globalisation
  • Development of SDGs aligned with your organisation -  Agenda 2030
  • Shared value creation for affected people, organisations and societies enabling those who might otherwise live in dependency to become working taxpayers, actively participating in society
  • Inclusive expatriate support through the entire process of expatriation, including repatriation
  • Suggestions on how to implement actions to ensure mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence in expatriation through your global supply chain with the help of our Foundation
  • Help with identifying those expat spouses who are affected and with preparing  a plan of mitigation together with solutions to the problems experienced

Surely the lack of policies to support expat spouses caused major negative consequences that this group suffer for the rest of their lives are a major part of the reason why expatriate mobility is facing a decrease in retention.

According to our conversations with C-level corporate management we found that companies replacing just one key-expatriate face economic losses estimated around 1,5M Euros. Dominantly such economic losses are caused by absence of adequate support to the following partner to pursue career and have lasting and tangible re-integration support people need.

Join us for inclusive multilateral dialogue and let us co-develop together Sustainable Expatriation from the EU to the world.
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Join Us to Build Ecosystem of Support & Professional Re-integration of Dependent Expat Partners - from the EU to the world

We deliver innovative, outside of the box yet tangible solutions allowing companies to move forward with ease and become global leaders in Sustainable Expatriation.

Including expatriation mobility into the company's sustainable Agenda, 2030 allows solving corporate G5 - diversity, equality and inclusion challenge (DEI) through addressing the situation of serial expat partners who lost career and independence as a result of expatriation, which was historically focused on "Him" and left "Her" and children's future behind.

  • Our Agenda 2030 consists of ten SDGs, where G17 - inclusive partnerships for the goals is central to our work.

  •  We help organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to MNEs, attract and retain intercultural talent sustainably.

  •  We help organisations, municipalities and governments overcome the silos of diversity, equality and inclusion. 

  • We provide innovative how-to and the only inclusive solution for remediation of the past in inclusive partnership with us. 

  • Why? Only together we can build a truly inclusive economy for our children who will otherwise pay for the inequalities we leave behind.

Connect with Marina on LinkedIn and book an intro meeting open only for organisational and municipal decision-makers.
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We are preparing to launch our first digital support for expat women struggling with mental health in expat situation. Prolonged sense of nonbelonging, expat loss and grief, as well as general stress of the global transition risk to develop into expat depression, encapsulation, anxieties and family disasters if remained unaddressed.

Constant changes, adaptation to continuously changing cultures, countries, homes, social circles, expat partner career loss, and disconnection from own culture, family, and friends are just a short summary of the extra challenges expat women, TCK and TCA experience in their daily life.
During stress, we disconnect from our innate wellbeing and often feel a witch circle of struggle, discord, and alienation in our minds and, as a result, in our lives.

Since 2011 Marina Malmberg has worked with expat partner support and intercultural stress management from Sweden locally and remotely.

Yet, the results from the traditional psychological approach gave limited results. Marina committed herself to find an effective and lasting remedy to the expat's mental well-being.
The realisation came on gradually, not from the many tools and techniques Marina studied for 15 years. It has a profound life-changing effect on Marina's understanding of her own innate well-being and the nature of the human thought system. Marina is preparing to share her findings with women challenged by their situation as a remedy to expat-specific stress and career struggles.

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Support our innovation for SDGs and inclusion of dependent women from the EU globally!

We are looking for collaborative partnerships with business, startup ecosystems, EU, governmental and municipal organisations, NGOs supporting expats locally to co-develop one inclusive ecosystem for lasting dual careers and mental wellbeing for families in the global transition through all stages of expatriation.


After pandemic rise of mental unhealth and alienation made huge impact on already struggling in professional alienation dependent, home stay women - not by choice, but by not being a fit, a focus group for integration in the EU unlike other migrant groups. This unfortunate misunderstanding created much of expat partner and repatriates burnouts, depressions and ill health, costing not only people but the EU.

We see professional inclusion as a remedy to mental health and a missing link to sustainable cities and communities, missing intercultural talent, which is unable to find jobs across the EU.

Only global inclusive solution can solve a global problem and handle global dynamics.
It is time to unite the EU collaboration in reintegration, recruitment, retraining to ensure ALL expat partners at any stage of expatriation are integrated into workforce, able to enjoy universal human rights, contribute to circular economy, sustainability and the development world, where all kind of competence needed.

We aim to extend support globally and transfer professional knowledge, trainings and education to the development world with the help of technology.

Prototype of one digital "home" for all globally displaced women in expat situation

There is  a saying: "It takes a village..." 
Our "360 Degrees Global Village" protoype: Platform kindly developed for us by Meiraj Ahmad, our former volunteering Brand & Marketing Manager from The Startup Club Berlin for supporting us!
We start from The Hague, a true expat capital, with many wonderful expat initiatives we need across all EU countries - please reach out to join us as a partner for SDGs and expat women inclusion - we are looking forward to hearing from you - let us connect on LinkedIn.

We see the urgent need to include all educated yet struggling to find employment dependent mothers with children under 18 into EU workforce and reaching out to the European Commission for priority focus and funding for our unintentionally alienated group from socioeconomic and workforce inclusion in the EU. If we can't do it locally, we will do it digitally!

Join our tech impact startup to co-create one global village for all specific needs of women in expat situation as remote career support, jobs, volunteering in startups, scaleups, retraining and expat women mental wellbeing and support!

Potential for scale up

Our vision is to extend support to all women in the global transition who also struggle to find employment, belonging and inclusive support.

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2007 - 2015
Backed up by Marina´s individual stress management experience, research and work practice with expat families since 2007, Marina identified specific unmanageable with traditional methods and resistant to cognitive therapy stress of unemployable expat spouses.

2016 - 2018
Marina started specific expat spouse support service, Success Boomerang, worked as a Swedish vendor & expat spouse support service provider for SIRVA International, USA, Nordic Relocation Group and Human Entrance relocation in Lund, Sweden, provided service for expat families from Apple, Region Skåne, European Spallation Source (ESS), Max IV.

In 2016 Marina attempted to raise funds in Lund, Sweden, to establish an online Career Development Center for Expat Spouses who faced career loss at Sten K. Jonsson Foundation, which was declined.

In 2018 Marina helped NyforetagarCentrum Lund to raise funds, co-develop and co-led first business startup training program in English for foreign academics in Southern Sweden at Ideon Innovation in Lund.

Marina finds academic proof of her professional and self-study findings at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and presents for graduate CBS students on expatriation and its challenge at “Managing People in Multinational Corporations” program.

Full-time six months CBS graduate electives in “Business Responsibilities for Human Rights”, CSR, Diversity & Inclusion Beyond the Borders (South -West), “Managing People in Multinational Corporations” and “GO to Market Strategy for Innovative Startups & Products in the Digital Era” - devoted to academic research.

Marina validated the existing gap and the need on the global market to create inclusive re-integration ecosystem for people in expat situation.

2020 - 2021
Sustainable Expatriation idea develops into pre-seed startup.
Marina was engaged in several awareness rising opportunities such as:

  • Expat Karma (copyright reserved 2021-2022) documentary outcast documentary 30 min with interviews exposing unseen life-long struggles of expat spouses denied work permits globally planned with a global expat community. Visual board developed.
  • Sustainable Corporate Expatriation (copyright reserved 2020-2022) MIT SOLVE application submitted.
  • Startup shortlisted for the European Business Angel Summit 2020.
  • Sustainable Expatriation startup was selected for the European Business Angel Summit, Marina’s project “Inclusive Economy for Marginalized Mothers” was published at the European Commission investment portal EIPP-20201762 and is open for grants, subsidies , donations and soft funding.
  •  360 Expatriation (copyright reserved 2021-2022) first prototype “Tech for Global Social Impact".
  • Foundation identified as the best organizational form to proceed with startup solving global issue of expat partner dependency.
  • Necessity of inclusive EU-level multilateral dialogue on the remedy to unaddressed global expat challenge of women in serial expat situation, affecting women's/mothers mental health, career development and economy is identified. The Hague is chosen as the best location for Sustainable Expatriation Foundation.
  • After relentlessly managing unfunded startup in COVID pandemic and transiting her work digitally from Sweden to Denmark and further to the Netherlands, Marina finds herself overworked and takes resilient pause to heal and re-think further development.
21 May 2022 - Deed of Incorporation Stichting Sustainable Expatriation is signed and certified by Van Buttingha Wichers Notarissen in the Hague, Netherlands.

23 May 2022 
- Stichting Sustainable Expatriation is registered in the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce/KVK, Nr. 86465007.

Marina Malmberg is appointed as a Board Director/UBO with pre-operational Chair voluntary role and is looking for the Dutch-based multi-stakeholder Board of Directors, representing corporate, municipal, healthcare, recruitment, INGO, legal and human rights sectors.

Marina maps out Circular & Sustainable Recruitment solution prototype with support of the global stakeholder in Nordics, interested in partnership with the Foundation for SDGs.

After establishing the Board, Marina plans to lead Nordic chapter of the Foundation, assisting the Board as an Advisor. 
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Then come and join us on our mission to make expatriation sustainable for all, not just a few!

We are looking for dedicated interns and volunteers!

We offer you a unique remote unpaid voluntary role, allowing intercultural talents to engage in a real-time NGO startup and be a part of our global expansion. You will help us to make radical social innovation a reality for expat families globally. We will help you to be the change you want to see in the world, train your professional skills, be a part of systemic change, inclusive diversity, support women empowerment globally and evolution of human rights for women and children in serial expat situations.

The minimum dedicated voluntary commitment is 12 months with a minimum of 10 hours a week contribution.

Native English or full working proficiency is a must.


Fundraising Adviser

Previous successful Dutch fundraising experience required. Native Dutch is desirable yet not a must.
Expatriate or intercultural background is compulsory to ensure a full understanding of the expatriate challenge and the cause we defend.

Social Media Manager, Content Creation Manager, Web designer - remote positions

Open for unemployed expat spouses with a passion for media with advanced English skills and a passion for Sustainable Expatriation cause and mission, as well as international students with media/marketing/communication background. Massive experience to lead the innovative social impact conversation and advocacy for inclusive diversity and equality in media guaranteed as well as international business and nonprofit networking with a warm recommendation. We accept all time zones apart from the Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, which we find incompatible with our work-life balance. Communication hours in CET zone only.

For more details and application, please contact Marina Malmberg via LinkedIn

We are looking forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our all gender, races and all-ages inclusive international team beyond the borders, politics and monocultural limitations.

Marina & the Sustainable Expatriation Team

  • Wilhelmina van Pruisenweg 35, 2595 AN The Hague, Netherlands
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Stichting Sustainable Expatriation (Foundation) Netherlands Chamber of Commerce CCI Number 86465007 Stichting Sustainable Expatriation : RSIN 863976633, SBI-code: 94997. Board member: Mrs Marina Malmberg Solely/independently authorised.

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Marina Malmberg

Founder of Sustainable Expatriation Foundation. Board Director/UBO. Lives in Åkarp, Sweden

Marina is looking for the Board of Directors in the Netherlands to professionally manage HQ and local initiative of the Foundation in The Netherlands. Marina is the only expert for corporates, governments & municipalities in Sustainable Expatriation and is Sustainable Expatriation & Circular Recruitment idea and concept owner. Marina is a social sustainability of globalisation influencer on a mission to help corporates, municipalities, startups and international organisations to enable Sustainable Expatriation Way. Marina is B-economy changemaker, a graduate student of Copenhagen Business School who took her start-up to European Commission Investment Portal, shortlisted among the best 35 startups by European Business Angel Summit in 2020.

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