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Italy mulls land-for-kids plan to boost population

November 01, 2018 06:35 AM


Italy mulls land-for-kids plan to boost population
State to concede agri land for 20 years to parents who have a third child between 2019 and 2021

Italy’s populist government plans to reward parents who have a third child by awarding them a piece of land, in a bid to reverse the country’s plummeting birth rate, media reported Wednesday. The plan, cooked up by the far-right League and included in the draft budget for next year, would see the state concede parcels of agricultural land for 20 years to parents who have a third child between 2019 and 2021.

“They say that Italians have few children and that something is needed to turn the trend around,” said Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio. “That’s why the ministry wants to contribute, favouring rural areas in particular, where people still have children,” he said.

Italy has the lowest birthrate in Europe. Last year some 464,000 births were registered, a record low, leaving Italy with a significantly older population.The plan is supported by ultra-Catholic families minister Lorenzo Fontana, who said it will be limited to married couples, rather than those in civil unions.

Foreigners interested in the offer would need to have been resident in Italy for at least 10 years

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