For old-fashioned Italian villages, the future is looking lonely. Small towns in the country have fast-dwindling populations as younger residents move away in search of job opportunities.
So Italian municipalities outside major cities have been pulling extreme measures to try to create future residents, including giving away homes for free.
And now, in Candela a little town in Italy, some two hours outside of Naples, the mayor has pledged to pay people when they move in.
Reports according to CNN, Candela’s mayor, Nicola Gatta, is offering up to $2350 to anyone willing to relocate to the town.
Candela once boasted more than 8000 residents, but that number has since shrunk drastically to 2700. (That’s not that small in comparison with some other Italian towns—fewer than 90 people call the seaside village of Ostano home, and there were zero children born in the town between 1987 and 2016.) Candela’s origins date back to medieval times, but now, many of its houses stand empty. Located in the agrarian “breadbasket of Italy,” Candela was once known as “Little Naples” for its bustling city center.
The amount you will be paid is dependent on your status. If you’re single, you will receive around $950, while couples with no children will receive around $1400. Families up to three will get up to $2100, while families of four or more will receive more than $2350.
Here is the rule for this game.
Residents who wish to stay will have to rent a house in town for more than a year, and they have to work and make earnings an annual salary of $8800. According to CNN, a few new residents have already packed in.
What are you waiting for..Vacate for more than a year.