We’ve broken these areas down to help you decide which may be right for you.
Spain is a diverse and beautiful country where every region has its own local taste and culture.
Unfortunately, some of those regions aren’t doing so well at the moment. Spain’s rapid transformation from an agricultural to an urban society in the late 20th century led to many people abandoning their properties in traditional pueblos (villages) in favour of big cities.
Today, the homes and businesses they left behind are still standing and crying out for some much-needed renovation – which is why many local councils have taken it upon themselves to revitalise their towns by incentivising skilled people to move there.
One such place is the town of Ponga, Asturias, where families will receive €3,000 to help them settle in, plus an additional €3,000 for each baby born in the town.
Another is Rubiá, in the mountains of Galicia. Here the local township will supplement your income with an extra €100-150 per month.
You could even purchase your own entire village in Spain for less than the price of a townhouse in one of the big cities – but only if you’re willing to invest your own money to bring the town back to life.
Switzerland – Albinen
If topping our list for the top 5 places to move in 2022 wasn’t enough, expats under 45 might be tempted by the offer of receiving $25,200 for moving to the remote village of Albinen.
To boost the town’s dwindling population, the Albinen council is offering adults a huge cash incentive to move there, while children could also be in line for a windfall of $10,000.
So what’s the catch?
You’ll have to commit to staying for a minimum of 10 years. Furthermore, only Swiss residents get to receive the bonus. That means you must have lived in Switzerland either 12 years in total (or 5 years with a type B permit), or have married a Swiss person, and completed your citizen application before the end of the 10 years.
But don’t let that faze you. With its fresh, Alpine air and the potential to enjoy one of the highest expat salaries in the world, maybe life in Albinen could be just what you and your family are looking for.
As well as having won the European world cup recently, Italy is famed for it’s rolling landscapes, fantastic food and and gorgeous weather. What some people don’t know is that Italy struggles in managing it’s population in certain regions. most younger generations have moved from quiet villages to find work, for education or just for a more exhilarating night/social life.
So, which Italian Villages and regions pay you to move there?
Set within Italy’s gorgeous Apulia region, the quaint medieval village of Candela earned itself the nickname ‘Little Naples’ for its stunning beauty and easy-going way of life. Unfortunately, that way of life waned throughout the 20th century, forcing the mayor to implement an incentive scheme to restore the population – and the culture – of this quasi-Neapolitan township.
As a resident of Candela, you can live in one of the safest towns in Italy and get involved in all the local activities, such as horseback riding through the picturesque local valleys.
Better still, you can pick up a range of cash incentives. Singles receive €800 and couples €1,200 euros, while families can get up to €2,000 euros for moving to Candela. Tax credits are also available to help cover the cost of services like waste disposal.
The only stipulations are that you must apply for formal residency in Candela and have a salary of at least €7,500.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio
If that’s not enough of an incentive for you, other Italian towns are starting to follow suit. Santo Stefano di Sessanio in the Abruzzo region has recently started to offer grants of up to €44,000 to incentivise new residents aged 18-40 to live within its cobbled stone streets.
The scheme is open to EU and non-EU residents with an Italian residency card, and new residents will be expected to open a business and stay for at least 5 years.
Most recently joining the list, is Calabria. The region of Calabria forms the ‘toe’ of the Italian boot shape. Several villages have seen huge declines in population (some with fewer than 2000 residents).
Applicants must be under 40 to apply, but would be entitled to €1,000-€800 for two to three years. That equates to up to €28,000 (or $33,000)!