Due to the small number of inhabitants of the Italian city Candela, the mayor has found a practical solution to increase the population: paying people to become residents.
Nicola Gatta, the mayor of the small medieval city, wants the city to shine again as it did in the 90s when there were more than 8,000 inhabitants.
Today, the city has less than 3,000 residents, and many young people have left the village in search for a future in other places, leaving an aging population. To increase its population, the mayor offers up to 2 thousand euros to encourage people to move.
The necessary requirements
To receive the money, residents must live in Candela, rent a house and have a job with a salary of at least 7500 euros per year.
In addition, it is estimated that the money awarded will be 800 euros for singles, 1200 for couples and between 1500 and 1800 for families of three members. For families of between four and five people, more than 2000 euros will be awarded.
Tax credits could also be offered for the disposal of urban waste, bills and nurseries.
Beautification of the city
In addition to granting money to new residents, the city has allocated a large amount of money to improve and change the image of the city to attract more people. They have restored streets, squares and old palaces, which are open for guided tours.
At the moment, seven families from northern Italy have already settled in the city, while another five have requested to move. Would you like it?