Monday, February 3, 2014

Buy a European Passport

Malta will sell you a Maltese passport for 1.15 million euros (approximately US$1.55 million).  And with that, you're a European citizen and you get to travel, work, and enjoy other privileges in the 27 member states of the European Union.  You also get visa-free travel in 69 non-European countries, including the United States.   See Dan Bilefsky, Give Malta Your Tired and Huddled, and Rich, N.Y. Times, Feb. 1, 2014, at A4.  The program may bring $1.35 billion to Malta over the next five years.  Id.

European Union officials in Brussels are not happy about this development, and say that EU citizenship must not be for sale.  Id.  The ability to buy a passport also stands in marked contrast to the thousands of migrants from Africa who must live in grim detention centers without Maltese citizenship.

(mew)

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Just a friendly reminder: there are now 28 member states in the EU, as of this summer when Croatia joined. All the more reasons to acquire a Maltese passport.

Posted by: Joel | Feb 4, 2014 1:30:45 AM

According to the ICJ in Nottebohm,other States may not have to respect Malta's grant of citizenship due to a lack of a genuine link.

Posted by: Cindy Buys | Feb 4, 2014 6:02:10 PM

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