February 3, 2019

IMMIGRANTS IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

Locana, Italy Is Paying Families $10,000 to Move There (MICHELE DEBCZAK, JANUARY 31, 2019, Mental Floss)

Not long after Sambuca, Italy enticed people to move there with $1 houses, a different quaint Italian village is offering an even better deal. People reports that Locana, a town located in the Italian Alps, will pay you $10,300 over three years to move there--but the catch is that you have to have at least one child.

Locana is one of many towns in rural Italy that has seen its population age and decline in recent decades. There are roughly 1500 residents in Locana today compared to the 7000 that lived there a century ago, and with 40 deaths and only 10 births per year, the downward trend isn't stopping.

By paying people, specifically families, to move to town, Locana mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattiet hopes to rebuild the community and renew hope for its future.

The bidding wars will only get more generous.

Posted by at February 3, 2019 8:48 AM

  

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