Malta’s citizenship by investment program, the Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP), is quickly approaching its 1,800 application cap and will require a parliamentary renewal in order for investor naturalizations to continue. Such renewal appears increasingly certain, as Malta Today has reported that a survey found Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s Labor Party is enjoying all-time-high support.
“The Labour Party has strengthened its electoral lead despite a hostile political climate in the aftermath of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder,” writes Malta Today.
“The party in government has seen its share of the vote increase by 3.4 percentage points to 49.8% when compared to the results of the October MaltaToday survey, which was done before the assassination.”
Industry observers have long speculated as to whether Malta would indeed renew the program before the limit of 1,800 applicants (excluding dependants) was reached because support for the MIIP among the country’s political opposition parties is uncertain. But following the Labor Party’s resounding victory in the general election this summer, and the government’s surging electoral support, the MIIP (which last year brought government revenues amounting to EUR 163.5 million) looks destined for a new lease on life.
Speaking at Henley & Partners’ Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Hong Kong last week, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said his government had a strong mandate to renew the program, and that the second iteration would be “even more exclusive” to ensure Malta attracted “the right kind of people”.
A source familiar with the details informs Investment Migration Insider that “more exclusive”, in this context, means the government is planning to slightly raise the contribution requirement, which today starts at EUR 650,000 for a single applicant.
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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.