The journey ahead

Whatever your reason for seeking work abroad, you’re in for an adventure. While it might take time to get used to things, it can be rewarding too. Here we will help you learn what to expect and give you some simple steps to take in case you encounter some problems.


Your journey

Leaving home for work abroad is never easy. But you can prepare yourself. Learn how to help make your experience more successful and rewarding.

What to know before you go

After you’ve decided to make a decision to work away from home, you need to follow the right process to stay safe. You’ll need to get officially registered and get the right paperwork. Find out what to expect.

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Settling into your new home

You’ll meet your new employer shortly after you arrive. You’ll also settle into your new home. There will be a lot of things to get used to. Find out what your new living situation will be like and where to go for help in case you experience mistreatment.

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How to make your money go further

Managing your money properly is one of the most important parts of working abroad. Help is usually available before you leave home, and also in your new destination, to help you plan your money.

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New home, new friends

Working away from home can get lonely – but there are plenty of ways to meet new people. You could join a club, take a class, or meet others in the park. You’ll be less lonely, feel safer, and have a better experience.

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Where to go for help

In case things go wrong – like being underpaid or abused – you need to know where to go for help. Local organisations in Hong Kong SAR, China are available to support you. Help is just a phone call away.

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Find out more about human trafficking and exploitation in these IOM X video productions.


Tools for practitioners who want to build their communication for development campaign.

About the campaign

IOM X is the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking. The campaign leverages the power and popularity of media and technology to inspire young people and their communities to act against human trafficking. IOM X moves beyond raising awareness to effecting behaviour change by applying a Communication for Development (C4D), evidence-based and participatory framework to tailor messaging for its activities. The campaign is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Every year, thousands of people leave Indonesia to seek work overseas. Hong Kong SAR, China is a key destination for many women who seek employment as domestic workers. This can be a rewarding experience, if you follow proper procedures and know where to find help. This series aims to show current and future migrant workers where to find help, and help them prepare for a successful migration experience.