According to the Daily Mail, Italy has the lowest birthrate in Europe with about 464,000 registered births. Their population is left with a mostly older demographic and that serves as a problem for the country. But the government has drafted up a plan to solve it.
Parents who have a third child between 2019 and 2021 will be given pieces of agricultural land for 20 years. Sounds like a fair deal, right?
“They say that Italians have few children and that something is needed to turn the trend around, that’s why the ministry wants to contribute, favouring rural areas in particular, where people still have children,” agriculture minister Gian Marco Centinaio told the Daily Mail.
Italy’s family minister Lorenzo Fontana also agrees with the idea but he added that the offer be limited to married couples and not couples in civil unions.
But this plan is not only for Italy citizens, foreigners who are interested need to have been living in Italy for at least 10 years.
These pieces of land are worth almost £9 billion. Some may question why not just sell them instead of giving them away. According the Daily Mail, that are what is left over and local councils are having to spend money to upkeep them.