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Did a cash incentive to relocate to an alpine village work?

Did a cash incentive to relocate to an alpine village work?


Albinen, one year
after the initiative which offered to
every new resident, CHF25,000 per adult and
CHF10,000 per child. The objective:
stop depopulation. Still there are strict
criteria to be met, including being under 45 years old, reside here for at
least ten years and have a C residence permit. So, what has changed? A lot has changed, now there’s
always something new happening. A lot has changed
and for the better. Everything has gone well,
one family has arrived and some young people have
also taken advantage of it. Behind me an almost
finished chalet, but also land for sale, two sides
of the same coin for Albinen. But to know exactly what has
happened we have to ask the mayor. We always said that our goal
was to have five families with children in the
next five years. One year on, here’s
the balance sheet. Two families with children,
of which only one who has effectively moved from
the canton of Aargau, a married couple, and
three young men from Albinen who didn’t leave
thanks to the scheme. Overall the municipality has
offered them a total of CHF255,000. What is important to emphasise however,
is that four of the six participants, couldn’t have
received loans from banks if it hadn’t been
for our funding. The only family that
has moved, however, prefers not to appear in front of the camera,
but says that they are satisfied. This is just the beginning,
but can Albinen become an example to follow for
other mountain locations? Everyone has to look for their
own solution, but I know for a fact that some municipalities are indeed
thinking of implementing the Albinen model. What is certain is that funding for
next year has already been allocated, and that Albinen, this little mountain paradise
of two hundred souls, in the upper Valais, sooner or later, will be
in the news again.

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