AMMAN — Jordan is ranked 81st globally and second regionally on a list of the top 100 destinations for remote workers.
The Work from Wherever Index is a recently released study that ranks over 100 countries and territories based on 22 factors including entry and visa restrictions, local costs, safety and security, internet speed , weather and social life.
Portugal was named the best country for remote workers due to its visa and digital nomad programs, as well as its pleasant climate, safety and high English proficiency. Additionally, its capital, Lisbon, has been named the best city for remote workers.
The top ten destinations for remote workers were Portugal, Spain, Romania, Mauritius, Japan, Malta, Costa Rica, Panama, Czech Republic and Germany respectively.
Meanwhile, the UAE leads the regional rankings, followed by Jordan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Algeria and Morocco respectively.
Economist Khaled Salameh said, “A remote work visa program is a way to encourage the flow of human resources into a country.”
He added that expatriates support local economies by purchasing locally made products, engaging in tourism and travel activities and contributing to the housing market.
The study said that while the pandemic may have locked people in, it has also freed up many office workers, resulting in an increasing number of workers who have traveled overseas in search of a better balance. work-life, according to the index.
“Several visitor-starved destinations have launched innovative programs to attract remote workers and make it easier for them to stay longer,” the study said.
Among these destinations was Malta, which recently launched a nomadic residence permit. Meanwhile, Mauritius has taken steps to attract remote workers by establishing a renewable premium travel visa, which allows eligible non-nationals to stay for up to one year.
Portugal has launched the world’s first digital nomad village, called Digital Nomads Madeira. The new initiative aims to attract digital nomads from around the world to use free coworking spaces and subsidized housing.
However, the Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Dominica have all announced remote work programs, as well as Estonia, Iceland , Mexico and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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