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The nature of EU citizenship is being changed by a global industry that targets rich people, according to some people in Europe.

“We are all citizens of a nation state, but also of the EU,” says German Green Party MEP, Sven Giegold. “They are commercialising something that should not be a commodity,” he tells The Irish Times. “The right to become a citizen is earned by integration into society, and not by money. The whole concept is flawed.”

Ireland’s is one of 20 EU states that offer wealthy would-be immigrants access to a residency visa in return for a substantial investment. Three member states – Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta – sell citizenship.

The Irish Immigrant Investor Programme was introduced in 2012 in the aftermath of the economic crash but has only taken off in recent years. It now receives hundreds of applications every year.
The Irish scheme is part of a phenomenon that has raised concerns at European Commission level about security and the changing nature of EU citizenship
The Irish scheme is open to citizens from outside the European Economic Area who are seeking Irish residency status – for just themselves, or for themselves and their partner and children. Residents may live and work in Ireland, travel freely to and from the country and travel between the UK and Ireland. To travel in the EU’s Schengen Area they have to get a visa from one of the member states of that area.
Immigrant investors are not required to live in Ireland – just to visit one day a year. They are not entitled to hold an Irish passport or to vote. Successful applicants are granted residency rights in Ireland for two years, subject to renewal at three-year and five-year intervals. Citizenship and passport rights must be applied for separately, with the usual residency conditions prior to application having to be met.


So far in 2019, the Immigrant Investor Programme has approved 296 applications, following a pause during which enhanced controls – including personal and financial checks – were introduced on the applicants and the source of their wealth.
To qualify for Irish residency, an applicant must be worth at least €2 million, and the money that is invested cannot be borrowed.
The Irish scheme is part of a phenomenon that has raised concerns at European Commission level about security and the changing nature of EU citizenship. The commission is also concerned that non-EU countries, such as Turkey and Montenegro, which hope to join the EU, are running or contemplating “golden citizenship” schemes that give successful applicants the right to visit the EU and travel freely in the Schengen zone.
'You come into citizenship through a different door, the investment door. The world’s changing'
“It’s massive for some countries,” says Paul Williams, chief executive and founder of La Vida Golden Visas, a London-based business that markets investor immigration schemes. “If you look at Dominica, [selling citizenship] accounts for half of their gross domestic product.”
Only certain international agents are allowed to promote the Dominican programme, and La Vida is one of them. An individual can buy a passport from the Caribbean republic for $100,000, or pay $400,000 for passports for a family of four.
At one stage Dominica placed restrictions on applications from certain countries including Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but it will now consider applicants from any country.
Citizenship of Dominica allows for visa-free travel to more than 137 countries, including the UK and the EU Schengen zone.
The huge growth in such investor programmes has changed the nature of citizenship, says Williams, who founded his company in 2013. “You come into citizenship through a different door, the investment door. The world’s changing, and the way that we do things in terms of business, and the internet and mobile communications, has changed everything.
“We are no longer stuck in that sort of physical world of governments necessarily being able to control everything the way they were able to in the past.”

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With respect, I think you've got it wrong.

The problem is not the citizenship we may give to a few rich people. They will place no demands on our society.
The problem is the numbers of poor foreigners we are naturalizing.
Each one represents a drain on our resources for the rest of his life.
Just about every migrant in Ireland will become a citizen if he wishes to.
 

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The problem here is not a select crew of wealthy Islamic horse breeders, Mary Robinsons's patrons, who are buddies with out scum 'leaders' and need a passport of convenience..... but the common or garden varieties of FFGL monoparty hanger on's who can be found in every town and village in Ireland..

You know the type...

Bulging of neck, enormous belly hanging over a low slung trousers ... typically
an undertaker, publican, solicitor, petrol station owner, wannabe or actual TD with a raft of worthless properties who look at the TV and now wants his or her slice of the asylum scam...With this many Gombeens on the bench looking at event's unfolding the Irish working man and women is in the greatest danger...

In order for a small number to became wealthy our society will have to be more or less destroyed.. Iron Law of Capitalism #1.. Real wealth is made when the buildings burn and there's blood in the streets..

Only thing is...

We... The Irish citizens don't want this... So what will we do?
 

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I think it was Charlie Haughey who first started selling Irish Citizenship.
 
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Irish citizenship should mean something.
It is not a commodity nor should it be given away lightly
 
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For non Irish people it should be something you have to earn after a very long process.
I don’t think it should be earned al att. If you’re not ethnically Irish the. You are not Irish. Irish Passports for sale is a national scandal. Giving foreigners Irish passports is a national scandal.
 

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I don’t think it should be earned al att. If you’re not ethnically Irish the. You are not Irish. Irish Passports for sale is a national scandal. Giving foreigners Irish passports is a national scandal.
Western Europeans could become Irish over time.

I have no problem with limited Immigration from western countries.
 

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Makes more sense to sell Irish citizenship for a million or two, rather than give it free to some illiterate Pak.

(Remember, they may well be illiterate. There is absolutely no language proficiency required).
 
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