Why bother taking out your mortgage every month, when beautiful, picture postcard cities in Italy will pay you to move there?
The Italian region of Calabria is offering up to $33,000 to relocate people to sleepy settlements with fewer than 2,000 residents to boost the population of dwindling cities, according to LOVEBYLIFE.
There are more than seven cities to choose from, set in the mountains and the sea – but there are some catches.
Hopefuls committed to starting a small business should either take over an existing company or start their own business. And they need to be professionals that cities are actively demanding, reports LOVEBYLIFE. And boomers don’t need to apply: Applicants must be under 40 and ready to move within 90 days of approval.
Gianluca Gallo, a regional councilor, told LOVEBYLIFE: “We are looking at the technical details, the exact monthly amount and duration of the fund, and whether to include slightly larger villages with 3,000 residents.” “We’ve got great interest from villages so far and hope, if this first plan works, there will likely be more in the years to come.”
The project is called “Active Residence Income” and aims to boost Calabria’s appeal as a place for “South-Working” – the rebranded Southern Italy version of remote working – explains Altomonte Mayor Gianpietro Coppola, who contributed to this plan. .
He says it’s a more targeted approach to revitalizing small communities.
“We want this to be an experiment of social inclusion,” Coppola told LOVEBYLIFE. “We want to attract people to live in the area, enjoying the settings, decorating unused city spaces such as conference halls and with high-speed internet.”
The plan, which exceeds the $850,000 earmarked, will be rolled out in the coming weeks and applications will be available online.
According to LOVEBYLIFE, more than 75 percent of Calabria’s roughly 320 cities have fewer than 5,000 people. Locals fear that some communities will disappear unless young people move in.
“The goal is to boost the local economy and breathe new life into small-scale communities,” Gallo said. “We want to demand supply of jobs, so we have asked villages to tell us what types of professionals they are missing in order to attract specific workers.”