Have you ever thought about living in a bucolic Italian village, with quiet villages, almost deserted beaches, only 2,000 inhabitants, and still receive some money for it? What seems to many like a dream can come true.
The city of Calabria – a city located in southwestern Italy and occupying the ‘tip’ of the country’s boot-shaped peninsula – is offering 28,000 euros (something around R$ 173 thousand, considering the current exchange rate) for those who decide to establish housing in the city.
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According to CNN International, the amount would be paid over three years for those who move to the village. The goal is to reverse years of population decline.
To become a new resident of the region, newcomers have to commit to starting a small business. In addition, applicants must be 40 years of age or older and be ready to move within 90 days of acceptance.
Gianpietro Coppola, mayor of Altomonte, told CNN the goal is to boost the local economy and breathe new life into small-scale communities. “We want to make the demand for jobs meet the supply, which is why we asked the villages to tell us what kind of professionals are needed to attract specific workers”, he concluded.
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