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Depopulation in Sardinia: a serious problem that needs to be addressed

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Sardinia, a fascinating island region, has long-faced the serious problem of depopulation. Over the past decades, the Sardinian population has decreased by about 10 per cent, and unfortunately this trend seems set to continue, additionally, the current average age is around 50 years old.

According to data provided by ISTAT, Sardinia has the lowest birth rate in Italy and its population has been declining for three years. This depopulation is caused by a number of factors, including unemployment, lack of opportunities for young people and emigration.


This phenomenon should not be underestimated, as it has serious consequences for the region’s economic growth and a dwindling population.
From the economic point of view, depopulation leads to business closures and job losses.
From a social point of view, there is a decrease in the working population and an ageing population, as well as the gradual disappearance of public services.
Environmentally, depopulation leads to the abandonment of agricultural land, deforestation and pollution.

Concrete solutions are needed to counter the problem of depopulation in Sardinia. Repeople has identified several feasible initiatives at almost no cost.

Foremost, it is essential to promote the region internationally in a more targeted manner, not only as a tourist destination, but as an ideal place to live.

Indeed, tourism plays a fundamental role in the Sardinian economy. In 2019, it generated more than EUR 10 billion in revenue and created more than 50,000 jobs.

Continuing in this direction, thanks to the growing demand for relaxing and natural holidays, the tourism sector could further contribute to economic growth. However, so far the promotion of Sardinia has mainly focused on tourism, neglecting the importance of enhancing it as a place of residence.

One of the initiatives promoted by Repeople concerns the recovery of unused houses, which amount to 28% of the properties in Sardinia.

It is proposed that these houses be entrusted free of charge to professionals of various nationalities, who are interested not only in living on the island but also in promoting it in their country of origin. In addition, one could take advantage of already existing similar initiatives, such as ‘Houses for 1 euro’, and strengthen them to ensure an effective use of the financial resources earmarked for such projects.

Promoting Sardinia as an ideal place to live should be a priority. The island offers a mild climate, an unspoilt natural environment and a rich and vibrant culture. Its advantages should be highlighted:



Mild climate: Sardinia enjoys a mild climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters, perfect for those who want a year-round outdoor life.
Unspoilt natural environment: With its white beaches, crystal-clear waters, mountains, forests and caves, Sardinia offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities, from hiking to surfing, from sailing to cycling.
Vibrant culture: Sardinia boasts a vibrant culture, rich in history, traditions and folklore. Numerous festivals and cultural events enliven the island throughout the year.
Relatively low cost of living: Compared to other regions in Italy, Sardinia offers a lower cost of living, making it an attractive choice for those seeking a more affordable lifestyle.
Hospitable people: Sardinians are known for their hospitality and kindness, factors that make Sardinia an ideal place to live, work and raise a family.

In short, if you are looking for a place to live with a mild climate, an unspoilt natural environment, a vibrant culture, a relatively low cost of living and hospitable people, Sardinia is the ideal choice for you. However, it is crucial to promote these characteristics not only as a tourist destination but also as a life perspective for those who wish to settle on the island

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