There are some parts of the world that never cease to stop climbing in population.
The population for London alone has increased by around 650,000 since 2011, which is twice the rate of the entire UK’s population growth.
Not every city enjoys such staggering demand. Spare a thought for Molise, a region in southern Italy that wants to increase its population so badly, they’ll pay you to live there.
Instead of forking out £850 a month for a room in a grisly London flat, you could be paid €25,200 (£22,414) to set up shop in a picturesque mountain village.
Molise is a region known for its rolling peaks, locally produced cheeses and ancient Christmas festivals. It also happens to have a population far lower than the national average.
According to the Italian National Institute of Statistics, more than 9,000 people have left the region since 2014. In 2018, no births were registered in nine Molise towns.
In a bid to bring more life and culture to the region, the Molise government has devised a plan to attract new residents.
Donato Toma, the president of Molise, announced that newcomers would receive €700 (£622) per month, for three years, to live in the area. But it’s not that simple.
The town must have a population of fewer than 2,000 people and the newcomer must open a business.
‘They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything. It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population,’ Donato told the Guardian.
You’ll also need to improve your Italian language skills.
The offer comes after a string of other Italian regions were trying to increase their population by selling homes for less than £1.