Oh, baby! Italy has just landed a winning way to bump up its birth rate.
The Italian government is considering a children-for-land incentive, OR rewarding parents who have a third child with free farmland.
The surprising incentive was added to the European country’s latest draft budget, and intends to give pieces of state-held agricultural land for 20 years to parents who have a third kid between 2019 and 2021. These families could also apply for zero-interest loans for up to 200,000 Euro’s (the equivalent of more than $250,000 Canadian) if they buy their first home near their new land. The reasoning behind this plan is due to figures that show Italians have few children, and that something is needed to turn the trend around, this according to agriculture minister, Gian Marco Centinaio.
The ministry, in wanting to contribute, favors rural areas in particular, where people still have children.
Would YOU re-locate to Italy to raise your family, given this new incentive? ~ Jason