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The Chief Beneficiaries of EU CIPs Could Be The Countries That Don’t Have Them

May 22, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor I just got off the phone with Luke Frendo, a Malta-based investment migration specialist, with whom I had what I can only characterize as a revelatory conversation. France, Germany, the Netherlands, or Sweden – to name examples – don’t have citizenship by...

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caribbean , caribbean-cip-unification , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , ciu , club , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor

COVID-19 is the Final Nail in the Coffin of the Caribbean CIP-Harmonization Dream

May 20, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   The idea of forming a CIP cartel within the Caribbean – to coordinate minimum prices and to prevent the much-lamented “race to the bottom” and price wars – has been the subject of a great deal of discussion and precious little action over the last three...

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club , coronavirus , genuine-links , industry-trends , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor , real-estate , relocation

The Virus Will Bring About What The European Commission Couldn’t: Genuine Links

April 24, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor: Over the next year, our notions of who investor migrants are and what they want will be tested, re-assessed, and re-drawn. The factors that motivate and influence the choices of the new investor migrant in the post-COVID world will not be the...

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club , europe , european-commission , golden-visa , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor , portugal , transparency , transparency-international

Court Impels Portugal’s Govt. to Share Detailed Golden Visa Data (Including Some That Don’t Exist)

January 4, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor: For the last year and a half, Transparency International (TI) has pressed Portugal’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to share more detailed statistics on the country’s residence by investment program (the ARI, or golden visa) than it currently does. The Ministry has so...

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club , henley-and-partners , kochenov , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor , qni

Quality of Nationality Index Becomes Media Favorite – That’s Good News

November 26, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor: Having yet to celebrate its third birthday, the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) has quickly risen to prominence in the mainstream media, rivaling – if not already surpassing – that of the traditional passport indices in terms of coverage. That is good...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , europe , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor

Politicians, Media Focus on CIP “Backdoor” to Europe; Front Door Barely Guarded

October 18, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor European politicians, Transparency International, Global Witness, the Guardian, and many other outfits ideologically antipathetic to the granting of citizenship or residence permits on the basis of merit have characterized CIPs as a security threat, a money-laundering mechanism, a corruption risk, and a...

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dubai , kleindienst , media , moldova , moldova-cip , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor , press , real-estate

The Problem With Offering Passports in Country X as a Perk For Home Buyers in Country Y

June 14, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor On Wednesday, the Daily Mail – a British newspaper not primarily known for its nuanced approach to journalism – carried an exposé on a Dubai-based developer that offered Moldovan citizenship as a bonus for those who purchased luxury residences in its “Heart...

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ana-gomes , editors-picks , european-commisison , european-parliament , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor , saint-kitts-and-nevis , schengen , visa-waiver

MEPs Urge Cutting St Kitts’ Visa-Free Access to Schengen

May 26, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor: “We, Members of the European Parliament, are writing to express our concern about the visa waiver program that the EU currently has with St. Kitts and Nevis,” write MEPs Ana Gomes and Marietje Schaake in a letter addressed to the Presidents of...

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