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Remote worker? These nations want you

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  1. [4]
    jaylittle
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    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing. This is especially relevant for me as I'm strongly considering leaving the US in the event of a successful Trump re-election / refusal-to-leave.

    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing. This is especially relevant for me as I'm strongly considering leaving the US in the event of a successful Trump re-election / refusal-to-leave.

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      Eabryt
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      Yep, and possibly even if he leaves. Just need a job that's actual permanent remote and not just the current remote scheme I've got.

      Yep, and possibly even if he leaves. Just need a job that's actual permanent remote and not just the current remote scheme I've got.

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      1. xnaas
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        Killing of the United States Postal Service might be enough for me. I love USPS. They've always been there for me: no BS.

        Killing of the United States Postal Service might be enough for me. I love USPS. They've always been there for me: no BS.

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  2. AugustusFerdinand
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    As someone that greatly enjoys traveling while preferring to go both on extended trips and to non-tourist-y destinations this is an extremely interesting article and opportunity as someone that...

    As someone that greatly enjoys traveling while preferring to go both on extended trips and to non-tourist-y destinations this is an extremely interesting article and opportunity as someone that has been WFH long prior to COVID and with every intention to never give it up. Thank you!

    5 votes
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    Micycle_the_Bichael
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    Does anyone else feel a bit off about this? Like, I know these are programs created and funded by the countries' local governments, but something about paying high-salary remote workers to take...

    Does anyone else feel a bit off about this? Like, I know these are programs created and funded by the countries' local governments, but something about paying high-salary remote workers to take extended vacations in countries with a history of colonialism just feels... wrong. That said, I don't really have an answer. Lots of these places had their non-tourism economies crushed and now depend on tourism so this would help their economies out so they need some solution to keep food on their citizens' tables. Idk. It reminds me a bit of the US and Puerto Rico where we fucked their economy so hard they can't survive without the US, but the US abuses them and doesn't give them representation, statehood, or all that much aid. Just seems like there are no wins for these places that doesn't involve what (again, to me) feels like colonization.

    Update: Started talking about this with one of my coworkers who moved to the US but his family is native to the bahama islands. Posting a reformatted version of our slack conversation with his take:

    "lol, they have already been colonialized. That ship has sailed.I can confidently say that rich white people moving to small island nations don’t really contribute negatively. Also most countries including Bermuda and the Bahamas make it very difficult to get international people work visas for local jobs so these folks wont be taking jobs aways from locals. All they would do is bring foreign income into the local economy. IDK about Bermuda but it likely has VAT and import duties similar to the Bahamas. So yeah they would be paying taxes. Bahamas has no income tax so everything else is taxed meaning foreigners are getting hit almost as hard which is a good thing."

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    1. Litmus2336
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      Yeah, if feels a bit weird. Like I'm all down to consider moving to a new place, but I don't want to go on a rich person work tourism visa. I'd be down to spend a few years in a new country, but...

      Yeah, if feels a bit weird. Like I'm all down to consider moving to a new place, but I don't want to go on a rich person work tourism visa. I'd be down to spend a few years in a new country, but I'd rather actually feel like a part of it, not just some expat exploiting CoL differences.

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