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Will Alpine villages really pay you to move there?

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প্রকাশিত ফেব্রুয়ারি ২৭, ২০১৯
Will Alpine villages really pay you to move there?

What could be more enticing than a new life in a scenic Alpine village, all cowbells and ski runs and fondue with a view?

Well, someone could pay you to live there.

The idea sounds absurd in countries where averagely-paid folk struggle for years to save a house deposit. But despite that, such cash-for-relocation offers have cropped up repeatedly in Switzerland and Italy this year.

Albinen, a beautiful mountain enclave overlooking the Rhone valley, will decide by vote on 30 November whether to pay outsiders 25,000 Swiss Francs (£19,130; $25,445) per adult and 10,000 per child if they buy or build a house there.

Are these promises just a way to raise tourist interest, or do people really move and claim five-figure sums? Let’s review the evidence…

Case 1: ‘Have 2,000 Euros! Oh no, wait…’

Bormida, a charming Italian hamlet in mountainous Liguria, has just 400 full-time inhabitants. It also has a proactive mayor, Daniele Galliano, who’s spent three years boosting the dwindling population with super-cheap rent deals. The lure of municipal housing for 50 -120 euros a month has brought 50 newcomers to the little commune.

Then in May, the mayor wondered aloud on Facebook: why shouldn’t “small village funds” be set up so endangered communities could offer a 2,000 euro relocation bonus?

The idea went viral. And while early reports said it was just a suggestion, the story grew in the telling – and flew round the world.

More than 17,000 interested parties contacted the village council in four days.


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