Dying Spanish village offers cheap homes to tempt young families

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/27/spain-villages-deserted

I find this situation incredibly interesting – a proper, real life social experiment playing out in front of our eyes.

So in a nutshell, the village of Castelnou has lost it’s population. Whether to the perils of old age, the searing heat, the lure of near-by (ish!) Barcelona, the rising costs of having children or lack of employment opportunities the sad fact remains – the population has petered out to a mere 109 citizens. Community institutions have started to shut down which further exasperates the problem – I mean seriously, would you move somewhere where there was no Church???!

So in an attempt to fight back and win over a juicy segment of Spain’s 45 million population the Mayor of Castelnou has proposed the following:

‘In an attempt to attract new inhabitants, Castelnou is now offering cheap houses, free land, an exemption from municipal taxes, and even a municipal babysitter to those families who wish to settle and bring children who might give the village a future.’ Mayor Jose Miguel Esteruelas has decided to concentrate all efforts on attracting young people predominantly, with a secondary focus on businesses. Those who bring both go to the top of the queue!!



I’ve begun thinking about what I would do if I was trying to re-populate a town – if you have any thoughts please leave a comment, I’d be really interested to hear people’s thoughts!

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One response to “Dying Spanish village offers cheap homes to tempt young families

  1. Do they allow non-Spain citizens here? I would love to come here!

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