Editor's Picks

14 Books About Residence & Citizenship by Investment

See IMI’s new section: Books on Investment Migration. Explore titles related to residence and citizenship by investment. The list includes everything from scholarly tomes to more casual reads.

For convenience, we’ve segregated the list into academic and non-academic works. If you know of a book that should be on this list but isn’t, please email the editor on cn@imidaily.com

See the reading list below, or visit its dedicated page: Books on Investment Migration. Henceforth, you’ll find it under “Tools” in the top menu.

Academic Works

EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights
Cambridge University Press
Dr. Dimitry Kochenov

“Kochenov’s definitive collection examines the under-utilised potential of EU citizenship, proposing and defending its position as a systemic element of EU law endowed with foundational importance. Leading experts in EU constitutional law scrutinise the internal dynamics in the triad of EU citizenship, citizenship rights and the resulting vertical delimitation of powers in Europe, analysing the far-reaching constitutional implications.”

Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset
Princeton University Press
Yossi Harpaz

Citizenship 2.0 focuses on an important yet overlooked dimension of globalization: the steady rise in the legitimacy and prevalence of dual citizenship. Demand for dual citizenship is particularly high in Latin America and Eastern Europe, where more than three million people have obtained a second citizenship from EU countries or the United States.”

Ius Doni in International Law and EU Law
Dr. Christian H. Kälin

“Dr. Christian H. Kälin establishes the concept of ius doni in the contemporary legal and political theorizing of citizenship. Providing a comprehensive analysis of the subject, it discusses the legal and political concepts of citizenship. It also introduces a new term for what is already an increasingly common and accepted practice of granting citizenship on the basis of substantial contributions to the state.

MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Dr. Dimitry Kochenov

“The story of citizenship as a tale not of liberation, dignity, and nationhood but of complacency, hypocrisy, and domination. The glorification of citizenship is a given in today’s world, part of a civic narrative that invokes liberation, dignity, and nationhood. In reality, explains Dimitry Kochenov, citizenship is a story of complacency, hypocrisy, and domination, flattering to citizens and demeaning for noncitizens. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Kochenov explains the state of citizenship in the modern world.”

Non-Academic Works

At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship
NYU Press
Peter J. Spiro

“At Home in Two Countries charts the history of dual citizenship from strong disfavor to general acceptance. The status has touched many; there are few Americans who do not have someone in their past or present who has held the status, if only unknowingly. The history reflects on the course of the state as an institution at the level of the individual. The state was once a jealous institution, justifiably demanding an exclusive relationship with its members.”

The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen
Columbia Global Reports
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

“Today there are cosmopolites of all stripes, rich or poor, intentional or unwitting, from 1-percenters who own five passports thanks to tax-havens to the Bidoon, the stateless people of countries like the United Arab Emirates. Journalist Atossa Abrahamian, herself a cosmopolite, travels around the globe to meet the people who have come to embody an increasingly fluid, borderless world.”

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Nomad Capitalist
Independently published
Andrew Henderson

“Geography is no longer a limitation for those willing to follow Andrew Henderson’s ‘Five Magic Words’ and “Go where you’re treated best.” As the world’s most sought-after expert on offshore tax planning, second passports, and global citizenship – cited by the BBC, Bloomberg, Elite Daily and more – Andrew has condensed his last ten years of investigative world travel into an unprecedented book to help entrepreneurs and investors keep more of their own money, live where they want, become citizens of the world, and improve their lives and the planet.” 

The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants
Stanford University Press
David Cook-Martin

“It is commonly assumed that there is an enduring link between individuals and their countries of citizenship. Plural citizenship is therefore viewed with skepticism, if not outright suspicion. But the effects of widespread global migration belie common assumptions, and the connection between individuals and the countries in which they live cannot always be so easily mapped.”

The Global Market for Investor Citizenship
Jelena Džankić
Pallgrave Macmillan

“This book presents a systematic study of the history, theory and policy of investor citizenship and residence programmes. It explores how states develop new rules of joining their community in response to globalisation and highlights the tension between citizenship policies aimed at migrant integration and those, such as the sale of passports, which create ‘long-distance citizens’.”

Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook
Ideos Publications
Dr. Christian H. Kälin

“This book is the quintessential guide for global citizens and their advisers, such as law firms, tax consultants, private banks and family offices. At the same time the handbook is also invaluable for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in expanding their horizons.”

The Flight of the Golden Geese: How the 1% Matter to the 99%
Bullhorn Press
Ian O. Angell and David Lesperance

“Flight of the Golden Geese highlights the growing importance of passport portfolio management as a form of wealth protection. There is no denying the facts: The ultra wealthy are packing up their seven-figure tax burdens and fleeing their home countries in droves for Ireland, Singapore, and other tax havens-and why shouldn’t they? For years governments have relied too heavily on a small percentage of citizens to shoulder the lion’s share of their greedy habit, but now these high net-worth individuals, the Golden Geese as they have come to be known, are taking matters into their own hands. “

Expat Secrets: How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas & Make Giant Piles of Money
Independently Published
Mikkel Thorup

“In this #1 Best Selling Book Mikkel Thorup draws on his 20+ years of overseas experience to bring you an easy to understand guide for living overseas, saving money on taxes, obtaining a second passport and travelling the world as an Expat.
The book covers topics like offshore incorporation, eliminating your tax bill, private banking, international gold & silver vaults, residency in a tax-free country, obtaining a second passport, global asset protection, and owning foreign real estate.”

The EB-5 Handbook: A Guide for Investors and Developers
Independently Published
Ali Jahangiri et al.

“Whether you are a foreign investor seeking a United States green card or a domestic developer sourcing capital for your latest project, the United States EB-5 visa program offers unique opportunity. In an industry known to be difficult to understand, The EB-5 Handbook breaks down the EB-5 program into its simple basics— investment, economic growth, and green cards. In The EB-5 Handbook, investors and developers alike will learn the essentials of the program, the benefits it can offer, and how to get started on their EB-5 journey with sections uniquely tailored to each party.”

EB5 2.0 | The Institutionalization of EB5: Changes in Legislation, China, and the Role of the Broker-Dealer
Lioncrest Publishing
Kevin Wright and Michael Fitzpatrick

“Since 1990, the Immigration Investor Visa Program (EB-5) has enabled American real estate developers raising capital for projects from foreign investors seeking to relocate to the United States. In recent years, however, lack of clear regulations, failure to extend legislation, and shortage of visas has made the landscape difficult, especially for Chinese investors, sending the EB-5 industry globally to alternative markets. Fortunately, there is an essential, up-to-date handbook to guide stakeholders through the changes in the EB-5 process.”

Christian Henrik Nesheim AdministratorKeymaster

Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 16 years in the United States, China, Spain, and Portugal.

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