Go where you are treated best
We are now living in a world that is so connected, it is easy to communicate with someone on the other side of the globe and movement between countries is the norm. With COVID, many of us are working from home. 2020 has taught us that, providing you have an internet connection and a laptop, you can work or run a business from anywhere in the world. This means that we are less tied to a specific location and exactly where we live may not be significant anymore.
After COVID, we may find that this “new” working culture may continue and in future, our location may be unimportant to the work that we do. This poses the question: Should I just live where I am treated best?
What is Global citizenship?
Global citizenship is a concept and a mindset which incorporates the principles of awareness, responsibility and participation. It is the idea that the world is a community and that it is important to connect with other countries in order to understand values, cultures and beliefs beyond your own.
Awareness: A global citizen is someone who understands that there should not be a tension between national duties and global morals. Global citizenship is about being aware of other cultures and what is going on in other countries. This could be something as small as researching another country and gaining an understanding of the lifestyle. By learning about other cultures, you can improve your own lifestyle and it can help build connections with people around the world.
Responsibility: A global citizen can see that they have a responsibility to learn about other cultures so that they know what is going on in the world outside of their own country.
Participation: Being a global citizen means visiting other countries and feeling connected with the world beyond their doorstep. Living in and experiencing other cultures is a way to broaden your horizons and discover.
Residency programmes- a world post COVID-19
Since COVID, more and more people are looking at travel. Being confined to the four walls of their homes, people are bursting to explore the world. It is predicted that after COVID-19, there will be a surge in travel and people looking at the options of living elsewhere. After all, being restricted to a specific location seems to be increasingly a thing of the past.
In future, people are more likely to seek residency in those places that are more appealing to them and going where they are best “treated.” There are various residency options around the world along with within the UK.
- Singapore has introduced a visa route for foreign tech professionals, you can read more about this: here
- Dubai has a retirement visa which is on track to be implemented in 2021.
- The UK has extended the Skilled Worker visa to EU nationals and the Frontier Worker Permit has been introduced.
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