Opinion: Citizenship by Investment’s Role in Finally Emancipating Former Colonies

Opinion of the editor Citizenship by investment has granted small, developing countries in the Caribbean and Pacific the means to fund public spending independently, rather than rely on outside aid or loans. That financial autonomy reduces the influence developed countries have in these jurisdictions, which is one of the reasons they seek to restrain such

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IMC Cautions MEPs Ahead of Vote: Phasing Out IM Programs Detrimental for Member State Economies

The European Parliament is about to vote on a report that urges the “phasing out” of investment migration programs. Such a decision would have severe adverse effects on Europe’s peripheral economies, says the IMC, which urges MEPs not to support the calls for the industry’s discontinuation.

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“Fewer, Bigger Firms”: Regulation Will Drive Industry Consolidation, Says H&P CEO

Speaking to IMI in Davos last month, newly appointed CEO of Henley & Partners, Jürg Steffen, said he was optimistic about the industry’s future growth but that increased regulation would bring about an environment in which smaller firms will struggle to survive.

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IMC on EC Report: European Institutions Must Include IM Industry in Policy-Making Process

Responding to the European Commission’s report on residence and citizenship programs in Europe, the Investment Migration Council says it’s time for EU-level institutions to engage with the industry and involve it in the policy-making process. We welcome the Commission’s report. It represents progress towards the establishment of a rigorous, fair and formalised system for investment

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Eur. Commission Report on RCBI Ignores Socio-economic Benefits, Says H&P

Responding to the European Commission’s long-awaited report on residence and citizenship by investment – which will only become publicly available tomorrow – Henley & Partners have issued a press release. While the firm agreed with some of the Commission’s conclusions, the report, said Henley & Partners, “is lacking when it comes to the important consideration

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Indian Govt. Disgruntled as Buddhist Leader Gains Travel Freedom With Dominica CIP

In November, Investment Migration Insider broke the story of Ogyen Trinley Dorje (the 17th Karmapa Lama) obtaining citizenship in Dominica through the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. Having learned of the development, Indian authorities – who had severely restricted the spiritual leader’s mobility for nearly two decades – have expressed their dismay. Global travel freedom

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SKN Opposition Files Vote of No Confidence Against PM: “HRF Used as PM’s Slush Fund”

Leader of Saint Kitts & Nevis’ political opposition, former prime minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, has filed a vote of no confidence against current prime minister Timothy Harris over a litany of extremely serious charges, including what the opposition calls governing methods “reminiscent of a full blown dictatorship”, as well as “gross mismanagement” of the country’s

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“Need to Deal in Facts, Not Fear” Says IMC-Chief About MEPs’ Calls to “Phase Out” RCBI-Programs

In a draft report published last week, the European Parliament’s Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion, and Tax Avoidance Committee called for the “phasing out” of investment migration programs across Europe. Today, Bruno L’ecuyer, head of the Investment Migration Council, urges stakeholders to put things in perspective to engender a “mature debate about investor migration”. “Immigration is always

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