Old Business Incentive Scheme From Southern Italy Reshared As New

Thai news, social media pages have been promoting Molise's 'Active Residence Income' scheme that ended in November 2019.

Multiple Thai language posts that claim Molise, a region in southern Italy, will pay 800,000 THB to immigrants who set up a new business there have been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter in February 2020 . The claim is misleading; Molise's "Active Residence Income" scheme ended in November 2019.

The claim was published on Facebook here on February 23, 2020. It has been shared more than 20,000 times.

Below is the screenshot of the misleading post:

Screenshot of the misleading post

The superimposed text in Thai translates to English as: "Italy offers 800,000 THB for those who are interested in moving into the villages in Molise region, under the condition that you would need to build any business to revitalise the town."

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A similar claim was also shared on Twitter here and here, and on Facebook here, here, here and here.

Baansuann, a home and garden website, published a similar claim in an article in February 2020. The Thai-language headlines translated to English as: "Italy offers 800,000 THB to hire people to move to their country."

Screenshot of the article

THB stands for Thai Baht, and 800,000 Thai Baht is the equivalent of 23,120 Euros.

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The claim is misleading; Molise, a region in southern Italy, ended its financial incentive scheme – officially called "Reddito di Residenza Attiva" – on November 30, 2019.

According to an official document translated into English by the Italian government, eligible applicants were invited to apply for the scheme if they moved to any regional town with a population of 2,000 or less.

Applications must have been received "no later than 12:00 (Europe/Rome h) on the 30 November .2019". Below is the screenshot of the statement which is available on the official Molise website:

Statement from the official Molise website

More details about the scheme were published on this property website Propertyguides.com on September 23, 2019, such as it offers newcomers 700 Euros per month for three years to live in one of villages in Molise.

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The Guardian also reported on the scheme here on September 11, 2019.

The Molise regional government did not respond to multiple inquiries by AFP for more details on the scheme.

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Updated On: 2020-03-14T23:28:13+05:30
Claim Review :   Molise, a region in southern Italy, will pay 800,000 Thai Baht (THB) to immigrants who set up a new businesses there.
Claimed By :  Baansuann publication, Thai Social Media pages in February 2020
Fact Check :  Misleading
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