Have you ever dreamed of opening an art boutique, settling in a village in the south of Italy with a mild weather almost all year round and being paid for it? Soon you will have the opportunity to realize your desire. In the hope of reversing the population decline, the Calabria region in the south of Italy is offering its new residents who want to start a new life 28,000 euros (about 285 thousand liras) to start a business.
Italy’s Calabria region is preparing a new campaign to revive its villages, whose population has fallen below 2,000. In this context, those who move to the villages in the region will receive a payment of 28 thousand euros (approximately 285 thousand liras) covering three years. The said offer will be valid for both villages and towns near the sea or on the mountain slopes.
However, this money will not be given freely. New residents will start a business from scratch or enhance pre-existing offerings from specific professionals in the relocation village.
However, in the proposal, applicants must have residency in Italy and be no more than 40 years old. Successful candidates must be ready to move to Calabria within 90 days of the results being announced.
It is hoped that the proposal will especially attract entrepreneurial youth and the Y generation who are eager to work. Gianluca Gallo, a Cambria regional councilor, spoke about the payment as follows: “It can be paid in the form of one thousand euros (about 10.1 thousand liras) per month for two to three years. Alternatively, a one-time financing can be provided to support the start-up of a new business, whether it’s a hostel, restaurant, bar, rural farm or store. “We are discussing the technical details, the exact amount and duration of the funds, as well as whether to include slightly larger villages with up to three thousand residents in the plan.”
On the other hand, more than 75 percent (roughly 320) of the villages in Calabria now have less than five thousand inhabitants. This raises fears that some communities may be completely destroyed within a few years if the project does not happen. “The goal is to stimulate the local economy and breathe new life into small-scale communities. We want job demand to meet supply, so we asked villages to let us know what kind of professionals they need to attract certain workers,” Gallo said.
On the other hand, Altomonte Mayor Gianpietro Coppola, who contributed to the drafting of the plan, said that the project, called “active resident income”, will enable Calabria to “become an attraction for remote work”. He also argued that there is a more targeted approach to revitalizing small villages than one-euro house sales, which has recently been featured in the world press: “We want it to be a social experiment. We want to attract people to live in the area and enjoy the environments. We want to reclaim unused urban places like conference halls and monasteries. equipped with high-speed internet. This is the best way to renew the south of Italy. It is not an obscure tourist destination like a one-euro houses project.
On the other hand, the “active residence income” project and the application process are expected to be launched online in the next few weeks. The region has been working on it for months and more than 700 thousand euros have already been allocated for the project. Here are those villages where you can start a new life…