Great article, full of interesting infographics. One thing is not taken in consideration: the gray area that digital nomads find themselves when it comes to immigration laws. You mention Bali as your example. I live here since 2004, and I always been through all the headache and costs of a legal status to work and live in Indonesia. Laws here make “digital nomadism” illegal, and many people don’t even know it. They arrive with a tourist visa and some leave deported with a ban from re-entry. While it is difficult to prove someone is actually working while sitting at a cafe (rather than doing personal things such as updating a blog), in Indonesia is illegal to exercise any form of work unless on the correct visa, even if the payment doesn’t happen in the country itself. This doesn’t apply to all the countries in the world, but I am sure Indonesia is not alone. Freelancers being more at risk than remote employees, as they end up promoting their services locally, having a business card with a local phone number, so leaving plenty of proof for immigration to arrest and deport them. Coworking spaces may be either raided time to time or offer — in countries with easy ways to get out of trouble with bribes — a sort of protection shield for those digital nomad that choose to live and work abroad with a tourist or business visit visa.

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