This Italian Island Will Pay You $15,000 To Move There

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If you have ever dreamed of living in Italy, your wish is about to come true. And even better, you could get paid to move to Italy.

The beautiful island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean is willing to pay people €15,000 (about $14,976) each to move there. It’s hard to imagine that a place this beautiful would have to pay people to move to the coast, but the idea is to attract new residents to counter the declining population.

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And Sardinia’s government is taking it seriously, setting aside €45 million – enough to subsidize 3,000 grants to $15,000 each.

“We have created the conditions for young people to decide to stay and [develop] the economic fabric of the most vulnerable areas,” said Christian Solinas, President of Sardinia. “There can be no growth without a real improvement in the areas, the interior and the most deprived areas, which must adopt new policies for their repopulation.”

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Other parts of Italy are using similar promises of money to entice a new population, from the region of Calabria — which gives a handful of new residents about $33,000 each — to the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, which offered people up to $52,500 in subsidies. to move and work there.

There have been similar programs in the US where regions, cities and states pay people to move there.

So what do you need to know? As with any of these programs, there is a catch. To be eligible, you must move to a Sardinian city with fewer than 3,000 inhabitants. The money must also go towards the renovation of a home. You must live there full time (sorry, no holiday villas allowed). And within 18 months you must register Sardinia as your permanent residence.

But what a reward it is. Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, is known for its clear waters, Bronze Age ruins and delicious dishes such as locally caught lobster. It has over 1,200 miles of coastline dotted with sandy beaches and a mountainous interior with hiking trails.

Some of the charming villages eligible for the program are Galtellì (popular for walking) and Calasetta (known for its spectacular white sand beaches).

La dolce vita, indeed.

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