Countries That Pay You to Move There

Typically moving abroad is a trade-off. But what if I told you that you could not only avoid paying a premium but actually get paid to move there... Yes, I'm serious. Select countries around the world will actually pay you to move there because they are in need of a higher level of population and want to increase tourism. Especially after the economic burden that Covid-19 placed on tourist countries, these places are desperate for new citizens to keep their economy alive. So, let's explore some of these places, shall we? Here are 10 places you can either get paid to move to or will give you incentives to do so.


1. Kaitangata, New Zealand

This area has a declining population which is beginning to affect the economy and businesses in the area. The real estate in the area is definitely worth the money as you can get a 3-bedroom house and medium plot of land for only $250,000! While they're not actually offering any money, the real-estate investment is worthy enough of relocation. They give immediate preference to residents of New Zealand, but welcome people from all over the world.


What's the area like?

This rural paradise offers unique views that you can't see anywhere around the world. There are countless job opportunities in a variety of fields and they place a large emphasis on a work-life balance, so you'll be sure to be in a comfortable working atmosphere.


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2. Antikythera, Greece

This little Greek island has less than 50 inhabitants and the Greek Orthodox Church is willing to pay you to move there. First, you'll receive a house and land, then get paid 500 euros (around $590) a month for the first three years of your stay. Although the island does not have a large amount of shops, you are sure to find peace, serenity, and beauty.


What's the area like?

The island not only has stunning beaches, but a rich history that comes with it. If you're someone who loves their peace and quiet, and even likes to live off the grid a little, this is the perfect place for you.


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3. Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy

This little Italian village will pay you to live and work there. The area is hoping to attract a younger generation of inhabitants to increase population levels. This means individuals starting their career or their family. They are offering grants to young individuals totaling at as much as 44,000 euros ($52,022). Currently, most residents are over 65 years old- only 13 residents are under 20 years old.


What's the area like?

The ares is described best as a picturesque hilltop village with rolling hills and stone buildings. The beauty of the landscape is rightly emphasized as the most attractive reason to move.


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4. Denmark

Although Denmark will not necessarily pay you to move there, just hear me out on why I think it's one of the best places to move abroad. The region embraces entrepreneurs and encourages business to relocate there. This is mainly because of their superb education, health, and welfare systems. As an investor or business owner, you should seriously consider looking into the area.


What's the area like?

Denmark is largely coastal, so you'll see pristine waters and flat terrain almost everywhere you go. People typically use bicycles as means of transportation since the area is known for being environmentally friendly and healthy. Oh did I mention it's also known as the happiest place in the world? Worth it.


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5. Cadela, Italy

Home to around 2,700 people, this area is known to have the crowded streets of urban Italy but without the masses of people. The mayor is offering between 800 euros (around $945) and 2,000 euros (around $2,350) for young families and singles to move there. Here's the catch: you must live there full time, rent a house, and have a job that earns at least 7,500 euros (around $8,900) per year. Doesn't seem too bad!


What's the area like?

Only two hours from Naples and one hour from the beach, Candela is perfectly tucked away in its own small town, yet close to everything you need. You can easily explore and take day trips, then at the end of the say, reside at your humble abode. If you love Italian food, you're in for a real treat!


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6. Ireland

A program called Enterprise Ireland attracts small businesses and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Submit an application to see if your business has real potential. If approved, you will not only move to an amazing location in Ireland, but your business will receive thousands of euros in grants and funding. This also gives you firsthand access into the European Union, one of the largest markets in the world!


What's the area like?

Irish countryside is absolutely spectacular. You'll immediately fall in love with the rolling green hills, rich historic buildings, and generous culture. Socialize at a nearby pub and you'll meet locals in no time!


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7. Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam

Calling all teachers! The three of these countries offer similar benefits that target European and American residents. In return for moving to either Korea, Thailand, or Vietnam, they'll provide you with a job teaching English and other courses. The process is fairly quick and easy, so if you choose to go, you'll be off to Asia sooner than you think.


What's the area like?

Each of the three countries offer a rich history and culture. The costs of living are incredibly low, making financing easier than you think. The areas are home to some of the most delicious foods you'll ever experience as they use fresh and homegrown ingredients. With the stable work these countries will provide, you will have no trouble finding a great quality of life in these three countries.


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8. Mauritius

Do you have a great business idea that you've always wanted to implement? Mauritius, an island off of Madagascar, offers 20,000 Rupees (approx. $500) to start your business. All you have to do is present your business plan to a committee, and see if they will fund your idea. If you want to create a business while still exploring new travel opportunities, this might be the right option for you.


What's the area like?

The island has consistently beautiful weather, a thriving economy, high-quality schools, and free healthcare for residents. This area is a unique place to grow a small business, and the views aren't too bad either.


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9. Ponga Village, Spain

This area is in search for young couples that want to have kids in the near future. Since the population is fewer than 1,000 people and declining, the area is hoping to attract younger people. Just by moving to the village and staying for 5 years, you'll receive 3,000 euros (about $3,550). When you want to have kids, they'll pay you an extra 3,000 euros for each child, whether they moved with you, or were born in the village.


What's the area like?

The area has gorgeous weather, welcoming communities, and numerous job prospects to look into. Their work-life balance is very important to the area, and siestas are a common way to let loose and have fun during the day.


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10. Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan’s Graduate Retention Program is one of the most appealing aspects of moving to this area. It aims to keep college graduates in the area by helping them finance their life after college. The program offers $20,000 CAD (about $15,000 USD) in tax returns and Canada will pay you to live there over the course of 10 years while you pay taxes. The catch? You have to have graduated from a post-secondary school on their list of approved institutions.


What's the area like?

The area has immense career opportunities for college graduates, so settling down in this area is a reasonable goal. In addition, it's filled with beautiful national parks and historical sites where you are free to experience the great canadian outdoors.


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I encourage you in your future to look beyond the things you already know. Typically, we are born into a lifestyle that may be challenging to change. If you feel like the place you live isn't giving you the sense of fulfillment you deserve, then look into moving somewhere that does! These opportunities make it easy and realistic to move to the place of your dreams, so what are you waiting for?


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