Who hasn't thought about leaving behind the grind of everyday life and moving to another part of the world? Maybe the moment has arrived given that nowadays there are even towns and cities in which they will pay you to live there and a Spanish village is one of them. Let's see what they are, inside and beyond the national borders.
The state of Vermont launched a "Remote Worker Grant Programme" contest that provides two-year assistance, up to a maximum of 10,000 dollars, to all workers willing to move to the second least populated state in the United States. The only condition is to have an employment contract in another state, but this can be done remotely.
This small Greek island in the south of the Peloponnese peninsula, with only 40 inhabitants, launched a campaign to offer families who want to move to the island a house, land to grow crops and a cheque of 500 euros a month.
Known as "La Piccola Napoli", the small town of Puglia in the region of Foggia, which now has only 2,000 inhabitants, offers a grant of 800 euros per person and 2,000 euros for couples with children in exchange for moving to this town.
The American city of Tulsa is trying to attract new workers by offering a cheque of 10,000 dollars consisting of 2,500 euros for the cost of the move, a monthly salary of 500 dollars for one year and a bonus of 1,500 dollars at the end of one year of residence. In addition, a workplace is also offered in downtown Tulsa.
In Sambuca in the municipality of Sicily, which in 2016 was named "the most beautiful village in Italy", some houses have been put up for sale for 1 euro. Buyers must commit to renovating the houses and pay a deposit of 5,000 euros which must then be returned after the renovation.
In 2010, the Chilean capital launched the “Chile Star-Up” programme to offer women and small and medium-sized businesses under three years old 40,000 US dollars to move there and start their own business. In addition, it offers one-year work visas, a workspace and a network of contacts.
New Haven, USA
Those who have lived in New Haven for five years, home of the prestigious Yale University, will be able to access a contribution of 10,000 dollars (without interest) for the purchase of a house in the city and 30,000 dollars, in the case that they want to build an eco-sustainable property.
To repopulate the city of Harmony, Minnesota, the local government has decided to grant reductions of up to 12,000 euros for those who build a house.
Molise has launched a programme consisting of offering 700 euros per month to those who move to this municipality and open a business.
Since 1982, Alaska has annually distributed an allowance of approximately 1,200 dollars to those who have been living for at least one year (and are present for at least 190 days during a calendar year) in the land of the glaciers. This cheque comes from the income that the State obtains from the private exploitation of oil wells.
The small Spanish village of Ponga in Asturias, to compensate for the lack of inhabitants, offers couples who move there 3,000 euros plus another 3,000 euros for each newborn. The only condition is that they commit to live in the village for five years.
Due to once again the lack of inhabitants, the province of Saskatchewan in western Canada has decided to offer about 13,000 euros to those who decide to move there.
The city of Baltimore has announced two contests for those who wish to purchase a property and move to the city in Maryland. The first called "Buy in Baltimore" gives 30 lucky people access to a 5,000-dollar grant to buy a home. The second, "Vacants to Value" on the other hand, provides a deposit of the equivalent to 10,000 euros for the purchase of an empty house in the city, as long as the house is renovated and a mortgage of more than 517,000 euros has not been paid to buy it. Both opportunities are open to the public.