While the media and folks with a ton of letters behind their names bemoan the impending shift from globalization towards isolationism, there are still a few nations who buck the trend. Some do quite well staying competitive with obnoxious superpowers, while others are still trying to get into the game. What they have in common is importing talent to help them become better countries and they might even be looking for people like you.

They may go so far as to pay for your airline round-trip and even offer a few bucks while you're on their soil. But don't expect it to be a subsidized holiday that allows you to laze about in the hot sun. Nope, they're interested in what you bring to the table, whether it's an in-demand skill or even a unique idea that can improve their nation.


The U.S. and Canada have similar incentive programs to draw talent to their respective states and provinces, but those are only available domestically. And with some uhhh... social forces (for lack of a better description) harboring greater trepidation over immigration and national security, other countries thankfully realize that some outside help is a good thing. Countries like Chile, Ireland, and Spain are already well-known for looking abroad to draw expertise, but others like the following are further under the radar.

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An educational experience in Southeast Asia

The other side of the Pacific Rim has been a hotbed of economic activity for years and has also become attractive vacation destinations for folks on other continents. But what if you were to be told that you have an opportunity to live there while getting paid?  That might sound too good to be true, especially for English teachers.

In particular, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam have aggressively been drawing teachers to their respective turfs to teach English to a promising new generation. It's an eager demographic almost ready to compete with the rest of the world, but what's holding them back is their knowledge of English.

Their solution is to pay successful candidates to teach the ABCs of ABCs, as better language skills are critical to these young people getting into global inner circles. South Korea's probably the most lucrative in terms of salary, but Thailand and Vietnam have far lower costs of living which make their currencies go farther.

Sicily's got an offer you can't refuse

For years, the Italian town of Candela has been tempting outsiders with a wad of cash to live there. But another community in the country, this one on the island of Sicily, is extending a similar offer. It's called Sambuca di Sicilia (population 6,000) and the local council is currently putting up a slew of fixer-uppers for less than your favorite cup of Joe at Starbuck's.

Apparently, the homes are falling apart because nobody's around to fix them, as former residents abandoned them for new lives in Italy's larger centers. And to curtail any drops in population below its current 6,000 mark, Sambuca di Sicilia, recently named the country's most beautiful town, is selling all that real estate for dirt cheap.

The drawback is that you'll have to put in your own cash for restorations, which, if you're lucky will be around $16,000 US. There's also a $5,500 security deposit that's returnable if the job's done within three years.

It might be great to be a Dane

It's no secret that Denmark is one of the most progressive companies in the world when it comes to innovation. Danes are certainly on the leading edge of software technology that of late has created systems for such projects as carbon-free car-sharing and computer coding simulators for kids. And Demark's throwing open its doors for more.

Here's where you step in. If you've got the mind and moxie to relocate to Denmark, you'll be part of one of the most supportive high-tech communities in the world and you'll get better access to European Union markets. However, don't expect any startup cash. Instead, you can rely on such safety nets as free healthcare and welfare should you suffer some bumps while building your business.

First, try finding Mauritius on a map

Besides learning how to spell and pronounce its name, another thing you need to know about Mauritius is that it's tiny. Located just east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, the four main islands that make up the republic have a total land area that's roughly 800 square miles, about the size of Jacksonville, Florida. Yet there's still room to accommodate about 1.2 million people.

There's also room for some entrepreneurial-minded folks to reside in Mauritius, and if you're such an enterprising soul, the government is willing to pay you up to 20,000 rupees (about $540 US) a month to move there and get a new company up and running. But they're looking for a wow factor in your business plan. Here's a hint: recent startups included a company that repurposes pallets into furniture and a firm that built an artificial intelligence platform designed to map academic paths for youngsters.

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