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I continue to write about diversity,having written about cultural diversity and sexual diversity

today it is the turn of family diversity.

Have you ever wondered what kind of family your international experience and how is it seen by those around you?, in the country in which you live, is it common to attend work and/or social events with the family? If we define union of people with a common life project, intense affective relationships and in which adults are responsible for the care and education of sons and daughters, a family is not only defined by blood ties or legal ones. Years ago, it was said that “the family is not chosen”, today, is no longer so clear.

Types of family that exist:

  1. Nuclear
    (biparental) family. The living family consists of a family nucleus, parents and their children
  2. Single-parent family.

    A single parent and one or more children

  3. Adoptive family.

    A kinship link is produced by a legal act establishing a paternity or maternity relationship.

  4. Family without children.

    It lacks a family nucleus,it can be composed of one or more people.

  5. Family of separated parents.

    Parents do not live together but continue to fulfill their duties, obligations, and responsibilities to their children.

  6. Composite family.

    Formed from several nuclear families.

  7. Homoparent familyl

    . A couple of two men or two women are parents of one or more children.

  8. Extended family.

    It is made up of people among those who have no father-son relationship.

There are also different forms of coexistence between members who share a roof and are united by biological, legal and/or affective ties, such as assembled families,in which a new family in which some (or both) members of the couple contribute children from previous relationships, cohabitation family in which there is no legal contract justifying the union or the one-person household.

In different countries, different types of family are seen in totally different ways, which in some countries is normal, in others it is a threat to the survival of the traditional family (nuclear family) that is considered the best way to perpetuate “valid” values and rules for society to function properly. In different countries they can deal derogatoryly, insultingly and offensively with new types of family for free.

I have always liked an expression that the Vikings had, which said “the children are of the tribe”, they were basically conquerors and the men disappeared from the village for long seasons, leaving the women in many cases with the slaves they had from previous conquests, when they returned there were more children and / or pregnancies and they did not wonder who they were, it was assumed that they were of the tribe and were raised by all.

A client who is currently in Japan, told me that he had been very interested in the large number of young people around the age of 30 who live with their parents and did not consider emancipating therself and who showed neither the slightest interest in having a partner nor family,with which he, at 27, wife and two children was the “weirdo” in his working group, the other “weirdo” was a Dutchman who lived with his daughter and took care of household chores. He was telling me it was one of those preconceived ideas that was demystified, not expected, he believed that in Japan they were extremely traditional and found that this is changing.

According to UN


the traditional family accounts for 59% in North Africa and West Asia, 47% in Central and South Asia, 35-39% in Latin America, the Caribbean, East and South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and 25% in Europe and North America.

There are countries where it is easier to raise children and with better legal protection for all types of family,it is important to know the situation in the country in which you live. It is not the same to live in Iceland as in Namibia. The vast majority of my family clients see this as key to success or not in expatriation. That’s why at Psisulab we work with all the family members who need it, each of them is important in the development of the international experience.

Do you know what rights and obligations do you and your family have in the country where you live, who is legally recognized as a family,what if you decide to start a family in the destination country, would there be some difference between training it with a local person or another expat?

Tell us about your experience. If you think we can help you with anything,



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