Popular concept of recent times What is digital nomadism?
Today, everything is changing, developing and transforming at an extremely fast pace. Technology, culture, habits and even way of thinking. Of course, this change and transformation causes many things to change in individual and social life. One area where this change can be observed most clearly is in the working life. Remote work, which has become widespread, especially in a pandemic, has become commonplace for many! However, before the pandemic, it was very difficult to predict that such a working life would become so popular in a short time! On the other hand, there are those who work much more remotely! Digital nomadism is a concept used to describe people who work remotely but travel while working.
Digital nomads work online without time or place restrictions. Moreover, there has been an incredible increase in the number of digital nomads all over the world lately. For this reason, many countries want to attract digital nomads for very good reasons. Here are the details of the digital nomads’ race to win, which has become more brutal of late…
What is digital nomadism?
Before jumping into the nation race to defeat digital nomads, it is helpful to look at the concept of digital nomadism from a broader perspective. First of all, it should be said that digital nomads are enterprising people who love to travel. These people combine passion for travel with business life. Thus, they are not tied to any country, city, or even company throughout their working lives. Of course, what digital nomads do depends on their area of expertise. Many people may think that their space for remote work is limited to digital nomads. Today, however, many professions, from architecture to engineering, from consulting to banking, can be performed remotely. Thus, digital nomads have the opportunity to spend their lives in the country they want, in the city they want, and plan their work schedule as they wish.
On the other hand, digital nomadism is a relatively new concept. The digital nomad has its own challenges. Since jobs and ways of working for digital nomads are non-traditional, they face big challenges, especially in certain areas. The first of these was the “visa” problem. In many cases, digital nomads had to leave the country they were in, or where they wanted to stay, for longer periods of time. Because they often did not work for a company in their country of residence, they could not obtain a residence or work visa. However, this situation began to change as the concept of digital nomads became more widespread, digital nomads became more visible and, most importantly, the meaning of digital nomads became clear…
Digital nomadism has become an extremely important concept for many countries.
Because digital nomads contribute a lot to the countries they live in. The main one, of course, is the economic contribution. Digital nomads work online and earn foreign currency. In this way, they earn foreign exchange for their countries. On the other hand, digital nomads interact with local people in their regions. This allows the transfer of knowledge and culture between the inhabitants of the country and digital nomads. In this way, local residents, especially in smaller countries, have the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of digital nomads. In some cases, important partnerships can even be formed between digital nomads and these people! For this reason, more countries than in the past are realizing the importance of digital nomadism. And they are taking important steps to attract digital nomads to their country!
There are countries competing to attract digital nomads 👇
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one such country. With a new type of visa announced in March, the UAE government aims to provide digital nomads with a one-year residence permit, thereby attracting digital nomads! Residence permit is extremely important for digital nomads. Because in this way many things that are a problem for them disappear. Important issues, from opening a bank account in the country in which they are located, to obtaining medical services, can be easily overcome. In short, the legal vacuum that digital nomads find themselves in is being closed and digital nomads are receiving important legal protections.
According to a study conducted in 2022, there are various visas for digital nomads in 29 countries.
In the past, countries with special types of visas for digital nomads were relatively small countries with economies based on tourism. However, digital nomadism has spread all over the world and has become an important concept. For this reason, many countries, especially countries such as the UAE, Italy and Brazil, are doing new research on attracting digital nomads to their countries.
Digital nomad visa requirements vary from country to country.
Many countries require digital nomads to have proof of remote work, travel insurance, and income above a certain level. Brazil issues visas to digital nomads with an income of more than $1,500 per month, Malta – $2,770, UAE – more than $5,000 per month. Argentina, on the other hand, provides important conveniences for digital nomad visa applicants. It is preparing support packages that will cut office, accommodation and air travel costs for digital nomads. Some politicians in Italy are aiming to attract 5% of the world’s digital nomads to their countries. Important work is being done in this direction.
The Start-Up Chile program launched in Chile in 2010 is a good example of the contribution of digital nomads.
This program provided grants and visa facilitation to foreign investors in exchange for helping investors in Chile. Thus, Chile has become an important center of attraction for foreign investors. At the time the program was launched, investment opportunities in Chile were extremely limited. However, thanks to the program over 10 years, startups worth more than $1 billion have appeared. In other words, the transfer of knowledge and culture of foreigners is extremely important for the country, even for a very short time. Therefore, it is believed that digital nomads will make a significant contribution to developing or underdeveloped countries.
Some experts believe that obtaining a visa for digital nomads can cause various problems.
According to these experts, a privileged class may emerge in housing and resource consumption. This, of course, can cause a reaction from the local population. Local taxpayers may be worried or dissatisfied with privileged digital nomads. On the other hand, some experts believe that new applications will not have much impact on digital nomads. Because the conditions required to apply for visas created for digital nomads are quite complicated. Again, according to these experts, digital nomads are by nature travelers and therefore prefer shorter periods of time.
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