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Before COVID-19, flexible work arrangements had been a trend in the ever-changing world of work, but the public health crisis has accelerated the mass-adoption of remote working to ensure business continuity in these turbulent times.In Switzerland, the number of people working from home has doubled during the COVID-19, according to a Deloitte study. Before COVID-19, around 25% of respondents were working from home at least one a week, the survey shows. After the crisis, however, 34% believe that they will be working from home at least once a week.
In respond to the rapidly changing working environment, some countries have shifted away from traditional tourism models that rely on short-term visitors to targeting remote workers and digital nomads willing to stay for longer periods.
Several countries including Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica and Mexico have already been providing special residency schemes and visa programs of relevance to freelancers and remote workers for a few year now. But this year, at least nine jurisdictions have introduced digital nomad visas to attract overseas professionals and more countries are slated to join in the near future.
Dubai (UAE): Virtual Working Program (Oct 2020)
Dubai announced in October 2020 a new one-year residency program …
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