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Italy To Pay Nigerians, Others €700 To Stay In Its Villages

Italy To Pay Nigerians, Others €700 To Stay In Its Villages

Jayfred Ugo

A small town, called Caltanissetta in Sicily, Italy, has reportedly opened their town's gate to Nigerians and other foreigners.

This is owing to the fact that they have vacant homes in the town and would welcome asylum seekers, who have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya.

The most interesting reports, however, emerged from another region in the south of Italy, a place called Molise. Newcomers, including Nigerian migrants, were given €700 to stay in one of its villages for three months. This was disclosed by 'The Guardian UK.'

Overview of Molise
Overview of Molise

Interested persons are, however, required to open a business and the population of each village is to be kept under 2,000, so birth control is keenly advised.

Donato Toma, President of Molise, informed the media that if the village could keep its population under 2,000, they would be given the sum of €10,000 per month to build infrastructure and hold cultural activities.

The offer looks appealing to Nigerian Igbo retailers and importers, who often create business dynasties and expand their marketing brand through informal internships.

“We wanted to do more; we wanted people to invest here. They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything.

“It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population.

“If we had offered funding, it would have been yet another charity gesture.

"The International Organisation for Migration reports that in the second quarter of 2018, Nigerians made up 13 per cent of the migrant population in Italy, a spot it shared with fellow West African state, Guinea," the president announced.