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You can get paid €15,000 to move to Italy

You can get paid €15,000 to move to Italy

Fancy sipping vino, eating pizza, and living la dolce vita?

The Italian government is offering grants of up to €15,000 to relocate to the island of Sardinia.

Sardinia is the largest Italian island in the Mediterranean sea. It has a population of over 1.5 million but many of its rural towns and villages have shrunk from mass emigration. In order to combat depopulation, the government is now offering financial aid to persons willing to relocate to the island.

Sounds too good to be true right? The financial aid does come with a catch.

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In order to receive the grant, you must move to an urban area with a population of 3,000 inhabitants or less. The monies must be used to renovate a house or dwelling and you must live in Sardinia full time. You cannot develop a holiday home- you must register Sardinia as your permanent residence within 18 months.

Towns included in the initiative include Calasetta ,famous for its beautiful beaches and colourful seaside view, and Galtelli, a picturesque medieval town near Mount Tuttavista.

This is not the first time the Italian government has offered grants to relocate. Last year, the municipality of Calabria made €700,000 in grant monies available to persons under 40 willing to relocate to the region. The city of Rieti(close to Rome) also launched a programme to entice remote workers, paying up to 50% of the monthly rent to allow remote workers to relocate.

Commenting on the initiative, Sardinian president Christian Solinas said that the scheme would encourage young people to stay in Sardinia or move to the island.“Thanks to these contributions to [homebuyers'] first houses, [Sardinia] becomes fertile ground for those who will move there or decide to build a family,” he said.“There can be no growth without a real enhancement of the territories, of the interior and most disadvantaged areas… We have created the conditions for young people to decide to stay and develop the economic fabric of the most fragile territories.

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For more information visit the official website of the Sardinian government

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