30 May 2023
There are actually places in 2023 in sunny Italy that will pay you to move there. While this might seem a bit backwards, urbanisation across European countries means that small towns in more rural areas are at real risk of becoming so unpopulated that they cease to function. Young people are flocking to cities, where the jobs and social opportunities are much broader, leaving their hometowns in the rearview mirror.
So what is there to do about it? Schemes are cropping up in countries like Spain and Italy to provide more relocation incentives for outside populations to move to these at-risk locations. Cash and tax incentives for new residents are helping more people live and work remotely in stunning rural settings in Italy.
Let’s take a look at some of the locations offering people like you huge monetary incentives for relocating to Italy - and what the catch is…
You might have seen Presicce-Acquarica hitting headlines in late 2022 for their €30,000 strong incentive for new residents. This quaint town perched on the heel of Italy’s boot boasts everything you might expect from an Italian town, from wide piazzas to charming coffee shops.
If you register as a permanent resident in this stunning Italian town, you’ll receive up to €30,000 to spend on a local house, as long as it was built before 1991. What’s more, if you’re keen to start a family here, you’ll also receive around €1,000 for every baby born while you’re a permanent resident. Applications to move here for these relocation incentives are being finalised and can be submitted on the town hall’s website.
If living in sunny Sardinia has always been your dream, this could be your lucky day. If you choose to move to the island of Sardinia, you could be in for a financial benefit of up to €15,000, as long as you fulfil certain criteria. The grant is only applicable if you choose to become a permanent resident of a region in Sardinia that has less than 3,000 residents, so you’d better do your research before your application.
The Calabria regional government has also decided to create relocation incentives for encouraging people to move from external places and countries. The scheme is offering up to €28,000 over a period of 3 years to help new permanent residents settle into their dreamy new Italian hamlet. Over the past couple of years, a grand total of 9 towns have signed up to join the scheme, including Albidona and Santa Severina.
Another town joining the paid incentives schemes in Italy is the charming Candela, known for being one of the safest places to live in the country. With just over 2,000 residents, the local governments want to encourage single people, couples and families to relocate here with some small yet enticing financial benefits of €800, €1,300 and €2,000 respectively. You’ll also need to be renting a local property long-term and earning more than €7,500 a year.
More and more towns in Italy and across Europe are considering offering benefits like this to increase local populations in stunning towns and hamlets like these. If you’re eager to move to Italy or elsewhere abroad, get in touch with our European Removals team and see how we could help with your Italy removal today.