Some expatriates are transient employees, meaning they make a career out of being placed in foreign assignments. Some employees may stay 1-3 years in each assignment and work in up to four or five different countries in a 10-year span. Of these employees, some of them may work in vastly different countries. For example, an expatriate may be assigned to Canada where the economy mirrors that of the United States. From Canada, the employee may be reassigned to a highly industrialized country in northern Europe where the standard of living is high. Later, the expatriate may be assigned to a country with an economy that is traditionally good, but recent political upheaval threatens the stability of the country’s economy, and even later, the employee is reassigned to an emerging nation that is just trying to build a sound economy and infrastructure.