In Molise, a mountainous region in Italy’s Adriatic eastern coast is underpopulated, and the authorities are looking for people seriously to immigrate there and live.
The region is ready to offer people $770 a month for three years to live there, Donato Toma, the president of Molise, told The Guardian. In an attempt to repopulate rural areas and combat the effects of urbanization and emigration, many towns and villages in Italy are selling homes for $1. Although, there are just two conditions you must agree to before you can move in.
- You must move into a town in the province with fewer than 2,000 residents
- You must pledge to open a business there.
Once these conditions have been agreed to, then you can start earning your 770$ each month. Furthermore, More than 9,000 people have left Molise since 2014, and now just 305,000 remain. In 2018, no birth was registered in nine of the province’s towns, and more than 2,800 people died or moved away.
Toma told the newspaper: “We wanted to do more; we wanted people to invest here. They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything. It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population”
In addition to Molise, other towns in Italy are also offering people money to move in as well.
- The municipality of Ollolai, Sardinia, in the province of Nuoro, main center of the Ollolai Barbagia area is one of the towns selling homes for as little as $1, the population has almost halved in the past half-century, to 1,300 people from 2,250.
- the town of Locana, in the northern region of Piedmont, has offered to pay people $10,000 to move there — as long as they have a family.