In the remote village of Bormida in Italy, the municipality took the decision of giving 2,000 euros to everybody who can move to this village. Bormida is located in the northern Liguria region. The loss of population has become a serious problem in this beautiful village due to limited employment opportunities. The Mayor has prepared an incentive program in order to prevent Bormida, which has a population below 400, from turning into a completely deserted town. Mayor Daniele Galliano declared that they will pay 2,000 euros to the people who will move to Bormida and buy or rent a house in the village.
The municipal houses in Bormida are planned to be rented for 50-120 euros, which are very low compared to Italian standards. In addition to the low prices of the houses, tax facilities are also proposed to the people who will buy a house in Bormida. Although this incentive package has not yet been approved by the city council, there weremany requests sent to President Galliano’s Facebook account. Not only the Italians sent requests but also people from many countries such as India, Canada and the USA want to move to this small village.
Some people said they were ready to move to Bormida immediately, and some others questioned the job opportunities there. On the other hand, Bormida municipality warned that those who intend to move to Bormida may be happy here if they prefer a quiet, natural life away from the crowd and stress. It is also advised to take into account that there is not much to do in Bormida despite the fact that the food and nature of this remote island are fine. In a report released last year in Italy it was stated that 2430 villages and towns in Italy face the danger of extinction, due to population aging and job-related migration.