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In 2015, Pieter Levels predicted there would be one billion digital nomads in the world by 2035. As much as I wanted to believe the Dutch founder’s bold prediction at the time, I couldn’t. It was obvious that the world of work was changing, but the numbers weren’t quite there yet. Now, amid a global pandemic, the maths is starting to look right. Millions of people have discovered overnight that they can work remotely, and so have their bosses.
Once borders reopen across the globe, I believe we will start seeing people’s dreams of working remotely from anywhere turned into reality in massive numbers. And the countries that manage to attract these highly-skilled modern workers will see the positive economic impact of their knowledge and spending power. Smarter countries could even let digital nomads pay tax in exchange for local healthcare and other social benefits. It’s a clear win-win.
There’s just one problem with this: while people and companies may be ready for the new era of work and travel, policy isn’t.
There’s no legitimate way to work as a digital nomad. The most common way to work legally in a …
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