The Catalunya Rural Hub Initiative is a collaboration between the Catalan government and the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation that intends to bring digital industry expertise to Catalonia’s rural communities.
It’s an attempt to capitalize on a widespread trend in which many people realised they didn’t have to live in cities and could instead live and work remotely in the countryside.
This is the second edition of the programme, which will send 30 people to the towns of Móra d’Ebre and Tremp to live and work remotely for a week. The remote workers will be divided into groups of ten and given with free housing, co-working space, and an activity plan. It is believed that once they have experienced Catalonia, they will not want to leave.
Promoting migration out of cities (also known as deurbanization) has numerous advantages for both urban and rural communities. Depopulation can help cities’ infrastructure and property prices, while repopulating the countryside can give local communities a much-needed boost.
There are plenty of remote working hubs and digital nomad communities around the globe today and its now becoming more of a lifestyle than just a mere trend. Such initiatives help not just digital nomads but also economies which is a good move towards a more sustainable global work environment.
The 2022 edition of the Catalunya Rural Hub will take place over three weeks from the end of May through to the middle of June. Find out more on the Barcelona Digital Talent website.
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