With the confinement, remote work became widespread, a common practice in certain sectors and which has given rise to a new category: the so-called digital nomads. Now a law has been fixed on them.

The Spanish Government has approved a draft law to promote the start-up of new companies in emerging sectors, what is popularly known as ‘start ups’. Among the measures that have been included to favor the development of new business initiatives are a series of measures that aim to Capture the so-called “digital nomads”. And it is that thanks to current technologies, a worker you can choose from where you carry out your work. You just need a good internet connection and a comfortable place. That is why many qualified professionals who work ‘online’, seduced by the Mediterranean lifestyle, have set their sights on the Iberian Peninsula and are settling in it. It is a phenomenon that is already occurring and now, in addition, the Government will offer Tax incentives and facilities when carrying out legal procedures such as a visa.Capture outside talent It is common in the global world, but it is not unique to our time. Since the Middle Ages there is evidence of how the leading economies have made an effort to try to seduce those foreigners who could be useful to them to continue growing.

One of the most interesting cases occurred in England in the second half of the fourteenth century. As in the rest of Europe, there the Black Death it also wreaked havoc and this had dire consequences for the textile sector (which was then called cloth making). The royal officials realized that in London it had been constituted a large colony of families from the Netherlands, fleeing from the social and political conflicts that were lived in their land of origin. As most were experts in textile manufacturing, instead of expelling them, Eduardo III signed a series of decrees to facilitate their stay in an English town called Colchester, which was the main point of manufacture of English cloth at that time. According to historians Bart Lambert and Milan Pajic, between 1351 and 1367, 124 artisans moved there, most of them from Ghent and Bruges, and had a fundamental role in the reactivation of the economy of Colchester.

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Precisely from that area of ​​Europe another example related to the textile sector can be cited, but in this case from the 16th century. Jan de Meer explains that trade union regulations were relaxed in Antwerp for incorporate specialist artisans who came from outside so they could work in the city, and how that was a leap forward for the local drapery.

It must be borne in mind that in the Middle Ages, who controlled part of the production system of most of the sectors were the guilds, which were rigidly organized. The trades could not be practiced if they were not part of the group, but in order to be a member, a series of requirements had to be met. One of the most common was to be originally from the same town, from its surroundings or, in any case, have some type of special authorization. In the specific case of Antwerp, it was the municipal authorities that encouraged the incorporation of those foreign workers. But you don’t have to go that far to find examples.

If we look at Catalonia, it can help us the case of Girona. At the end of the fourteenth century it was beginning to grow and its dynamism was attractive to outsiders who were looking for better opportunities to earn a living. Those who lacked skilled trades were not welcomed in the city and they were forced to settle in neighborhoods outside the walls. On the other hand, those who excelled in some type of work were accepted and incorporated into the inner urban fabric of Girona.

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Saving the distances it looked a bit like what is currently happening with immigrants. The funny thing about the case is that what we could call “immigrants & rdquor; of medieval Girona were people from the counties of Besalú, Empúries and Roselló. Places that are only a few miles away. Now the geographical difference is greater but deep down the mechanism is quite similar when we decided to talk about “Immigrants & rdquor; and “digital nomads & rdquor; to make a difference between the people who come from abroad to work here.

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The Black Death that struck Europe during part of the fourteenth century had dire consequences in every way. Also in the economic, because when such a high mortality occurred, there were not enough hands to work the fields or artisans in the cities, so it was of vital importance to attract good workers and reactivate the economy.


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