The Golden Passport: Global Mobility for Millionaires

The Golden Passport: Global Mobility for Millionaires

Written by:
Kristin Surak
Narrated by:
Linda Jones
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Unabridged Audiobook

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Release Date
July 2024
Duration
13 hours 31 minutes
Summary
Obtaining a new citizenship is rarely easy. But for those with the means, it's just a question of price. More than a dozen countries, many of them small islands in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and South Pacific, sell citizenship to 50,000 people annually. Through six years of fieldwork on four continents, Kristin Surak discovered how the initially dubious sale of passports has transformed into a full-blown citizenship industry that thrives on global inequalities. Some 'investor citizens' hope to parlay their new passport into visa-free travel—or use it as a stepping stone to residence in countries like the US. Other buyers take out a new citizenship as an insurance policy or to escape state control at home. Almost none, though, intend to move to their selected country and live among their new compatriots, whose relationship with these global elites is complex.



A groundbreaking study of a contentious practice that has become popular among the nouveaux riches, The Golden Passport takes listeners from the details of the application process to the geopolitical hydraulics of the citizenship industry. It's a business that thrives on uncertainty and imbalances of power between big, globalized economies and tiny states desperate for investment. In between are the fascinating stories of buyers, brokers, and sellers, all ready to profit from the citizenship trade.
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