An Italian mayor is offering to pay €2,000 to anyone willing to move to his village to stop it becoming deserted. Daniele Galliano is trying to bolster the population in Bormida, a mountainous region in Liguria, where just 394 people live.
He has floated the idea newcomers could pay just €50 (£42) a month to rent in the village alongside the welcome lump £1,700 sum.
The remote village/town has become somewhat of a ghost town as young people move out to the nearest cities to find work.
Mr. Galliano said on his Facebook page the low rent scheme could be ready to be rolled out in a couple of months and would need approval from the local council.
One councilor told the Guardian: “We’re still working out the plan, but anyone is welcome to come and live here.
“We’re high up in a mountain area but also not far from the sea – it’s a healthy lifestyle, the air is very clean.” Mr. Galliani’s post sparked excitement from social media users who said they would be keen to relocate to Bormida.