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$14k cash to move: 9 cities paying remote workers to live there

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Cities in the US and Europe will pay you to move and work there. Here's where. (Source: Getty)
Cities in the US and Europe will pay you to move and work there. Here's where. (Source: Getty)

International travel is back on the cards for Aussies within weeks, and if you’re already making plans to leave the country and work abroad, the US, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and Greece are some countries worth considering.

International insurance provider William Russell has assembled a list of countries and US cities that will give you a tidy cash bonus for remote workers to relocate there.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic firmly normalising the practice of working from home, swathes of workers around the world have flocked to vacation destinations.

This has left some cities, dubbed ‘zoom towns’, facing dwindling populations and shrinking economies. Here are the zoom towns and cities that are trying to attract new residents through cash and other incentives.


  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: US$10,000 for remote workers to move there; free desk space

  • Bemidji, Minnesota: US$2,500 to relocate; free coworking space

  • Vermont: US$10,000 over two years to relocate there

  • Topeka, Kansas: $15,000 for on-site employees relocating there; or US$5,000 for remote workers

Other countries

Remember Italy's €1 homes? Several towns across Europe are struggling for survival as people leave their ancestral home towns for the Big Smoke, with many homes in desperate need of TLC as a result.

Here’s a list of cities around the world that are trying to tempt new residents:

  • Spain: Ponga, Asturias: families get €3,000 to settle in and another €3,000 for each baby born there

  • Spain: Rubiá: The township will top up your monthly income with €100-150

  • Albinen, Switzerland: You’ll get US$25,200 to move to the remote village, plus an extra US$10,000 for children – BUT you’ll need to commit to living there for 10 years, and either marry a Swiss person, live there for 12 years in total (or 5 years with a type B permit) or become a citizen before the decade is up.

  • Candela, Italy: Singles are eligible for €800, couples can get €1,200, and families can get as much as €2,000 for moving here so long as you apply for formal residency there.

  • Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy: €44,000 is up for grabs for new residents between 18-40 with an Italian residency card – but you'll have to open a business and stay for at least five years.

  • Calabria, Italy: Some villages here have less than 2,000 residents – but anyone under 40 who applies to live here will be able to get as much as €28,000 over three years.

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