Selling Citizenship
Selling Citizenship
Passports! Get Your Red Hot European Passports!

It will cost you, but for a little under $1.5 million in fees and investments, you can buy a passport from the tiny island of Malta. That might not sound like such a great deal unless they’re throwing in a falcon, but since Malta is one of the 28 members of the EU, that passport gives you an automatic right to live and work in any member state. This story underscores that the separation of citizenship from residency is growing throughout the world. The world we live in today isn’t the democratic and liberal utopia that we sometimes like to think it is —and it won’t be until it’s as easy for an 18 year old Turk to bum around the US for a summer as it is for US college kids to see Istanbul over the break.

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