GLOBAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT ISSUES: REFUGEES

A global project is more complex than one in a single country because it subjects the project to two or more sets of planning and operating environments and conditions.  What is normal in the host country – as uncontrolled as the weather and terrain or as nuanced as its social structure – challenges the project team and its stakeholders to mesh their ways of doing business in the best interest of a successful project.

When the host country’s state of being is in flux, then the project is subject to environmental conditions beyond its control.  For example, Mexico is currently trying to deal with the crisis-spawned influx of thousands of impoverished Central Americans looking for work in this nation where 47% of the population live below the poverty line and 25% are considered underemployed (2017 estimate). 

These conditions place considerable strain on Mexico’s political, economic, and welfare systems.  In turn, the physical security and economic viability of international projects there may be at risk, depending on the project's type and level of exposure to Mexico’s ability to respond and adapt to this disruption of its southern border, maintain order, and resist crime and corruption.