The Investment Migration Papers is the first multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed academic publication dedicated to the analysis of the citizenship and residence by investment around the world. The series aims to advance understanding of the law, politics, sociology, economics and history of investment migration, including residence and citizenship by investment. The papers analyse the processes and long-term implications of investment migration and examine how investment migration programmes function in different countries around the globe.

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Research Papers

Investment Migration Research Papers are peer-reviewed multidisciplinary working papers of original research in progress dedicated to the analysis of citizenship and residence by investment around the world.


Please check our latest papers:

Investment Migration and State Autonomy: A Quest for the Relevant Link – IMC-RP 2019/4 by Matjaž Tratnik and Petra Weingerl.

The Sale of Conditional EU Citizenship: The Cyprus Investment Programme under the Lens of EU Law – IMC-RP 2019/3 by Sofya Kudryashova.

EU Competence and the Attribution of Nationality in Member States – IMC-RP 2019/2 by Daniel Sarmiento.

Nottebohm and ‘Genuine Link’: Anatomy of a Jurisprudential Illusion – IMC-RP 2019/1 by Peter J. Spiro. 

Why some Countries have more Billionaires than Others? Explaining Variety in the Billionaire Intensity of GDP – IMC-RP 2018/3
by Vladimir Popov.

Global Mobility of the Wealthy and their Assets: An Overview – IMC-RP 2018/2 by Andrés Solimano.

Wealth Influx, Wealth Exodus: Investment Migration from China to Portugal – IMC-RP 2018/1 by Luuk van der Baaren and Hanwei Li.

The Re-Invention of Investment Immigration in Canada and Constructions of Canadian Citizenship – MC-RP 2017/2 by Miriam Cohen.

Investment Residence and the Concept of Residence in EU Law: Interactions, Tensions, and Opportunities – IMC-RP 2017/1 by Martijn van den Brink.

New-generation Skilled Migration Policies and the Changing Fabric of Membership: Talent as Output and the Headhunting State – IMC-RP 2016/4 by Francesca Strumia.

Global Citizenship 2.0 – The Growth of Citizenship by Investment Programs – IMC-RP 2016/3 by Kristin Surak.

‘Internal’ Investment Migration: The Case of Investment Migration from Mainland China to Hong Kong – IMC-RP 2016/2 by Qishi Fu.

‘Re-thinking Immigrant Investment Funds’ – IMC-RP 2016/1 by Alan Gamlen, Chris Kutarna and Ashby Monk.


For more papers please check:

Research Papers 2016
Research Papers 2017
Research Papers 2018
Research Papers 2019

Policy Briefs

Investment Migration Policy Briefs are peer-reviewed multidisciplinary working papers dedicated to specific policy aspects of programmes of citizenship and residence by investment around the globe. They can include country profiles, legal commentaries, short research notes on particular policies and reports from practitioners.


Please check our latest working paper:


Investment Residence in the UK: Past and Future by Alina Tryfonidou.


‘Making Estonia Bigger’: What E-Residency in E-Estonia Can Do for You, What It Can Do for Estonia’ by Vadim Poleshchuk.


For more papers please check:

Policy Briefs 2016
Policy Briefs 2017

The Mission

The Investment Migration Papers are the crucial tool to consolidate the field of investment migration analysis as a self-standing area of research and to situate it within the wider migration and citizenship studies. The Papers are strongly committed to interdisciplinary approaches and strongly encourage submissions from across the fields of social and political sciences, law, philosophy, anthropology and economics.

Two types of papers are published:

  1. Research papers provide a venue for communicating high quality academic research in the field of investment migration.
  2. Policy briefs provide a venue for practitioners and analysts to share their insights regarding relevant developments in a particular country / region of interest to the readers of the Papers.

Editorial Board


Dimitry Kochenov
Visiting Professor and LAPA Fellow at Princeton University (2015-2016). He holds a Chair in EU Constitutional Law and the Individual at the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen and is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, (Natolin). His research focuses on European citizenship and the principles of European Union law, with emphasis on justice, democracy and the rule of law. His recent books include EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights (Ed., Cambridge University Press (in press)); Reinforcing the Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union (Ed. with C Closa, Cambridge University Press (2015)); Europe’s Justice Deficit? (Ed. with G de Búrca and A Williams, Hart Publishing, Oxford (2015)) and European Union’s Shaping of the International Legal Order (Ed. with F Amtenbrink, Cambridge University Press (2013)). Prof. Kochenov served as a consultant to several governments and international organizations, including the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the application of EU law in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom in preparation for the constitutional reform which led to the restructuring of the Netherlands Antilles. He has also been a consultant to the government of the Maltese Republic, on the recent citizenship law reform. Dimitry has held several fellowships and visiting faculty positions in law programs around the world, including NYU Law School; York University, Toronto; Boston College Law School; Osaka Graduate School of Law; UNAM Mexico; Università degli studi di Torino and Ljubljana Faculty of Law.
Madeleine Sumption
Director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford. The Migration Observatory provides impartial, independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK. Before joining the Observatory, Madeleine was Director of Research for the international programme at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where she oversaw the programme’s research agenda and conducted comparative research on the economics of immigration. Madeleine remains a nonresident fellow with the Migration Policy Institute Europe. Madeleine’s research interests include the design and implementation work-based visa policies, investor residence and citizenship programmes, and the effects of immigration policies in Europe, North America, and other high-income countries. Her recent publications include Selling Visas and Citizenship: Policy Questions from the Global Boom in Investor Immigration (with Kate Hooper, Migration Policy Institute, 2014); The Economic Value of Citizenship for Immigrants in the United States (with Sarah Flamm, Migration Policy Institute 2014); Rethinking Points Systems and Employer-Selected Immigration (with Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute, 2011); Projecting Human Mobility in the United States and Europe for 2020 (with Demetrios Papademetriou, Johns Hopkins University, 2011). She has also conducted comparative research on government policies towards immigration in trade agreements, the recognition of foreign qualifications, and immigrant integration, among others.

Deputy Editors

Roxana Barbulescu
Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. Roxana holds a PhD in Social and Political Studies and a Master of Research from the European University Institute in Florence as well as a Master of Arts in Intercultural Humanities from Jacobs University Bremen. She completed her undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Sociology at University of Craiova, Romania. Her doctoral dissertation The politics of immigrant integration in post-enlargement Europe:Migrants, co-ethnics and European citizens in Italy and Spain examined state interventionism in immigrant integration in Italy and Spain and is currently under contract with Notre Dame University Press. Roxana’s research interests are migrants’ rights, freedom of movement and immigration control, immigrant integration, citizenship, attitudes towards immigrants and Roma, and unaccompanied minors. Her recent publications include “Global mobility corridors for the ultra-rich and why understanding the neoliberal transformation of citizenship matters” (EUDO Citizenship 2014) and articles in Politique européenne and Perspectives on European Society and Politics. Since 2011, she is Country Expert at European Union Observatory for Democracy and Citizenship at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI. Roxana is co-editor of Migration News- a platform for daily news on international migration with a global focus available here and here.

Martijn van den Brink
PhD Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI). Martijn holds an Mphil in European politics from the University of Oxford, and an LLM in European Union law, Ba in International Relations, and a Ba in International and European law from the University of Groningen. His research interests are EU constitutional law, citizenship, and political theory. Martijn’s PhD research dovetails questions of political theory with concerns of EU citizenship law. His recent publications include: ‘What’s in a Name Case? Some Lessons for the Debate on the Free Movement of Same-Sex Couples within the EU’ (17) 3 German Law Journal 421-450; ‘Investment Residence and the Concept of Residence in EU Law: Interactions, Tensions, and Opportunities’ IMC-RP 2017/1.

Advisory board

Prof Vincent Chetail, Professor of International law and Director of the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute,

Prof Gareth Davies, Professor of European Law, Department of Transnational Legal Studies, Free University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law.

Prof Dr Dr h c Eberhard Eichenhofer, Lehrstuhl für Sozialrecht und Bürgerliches Recht, University of Jena,
Faculty of Law.

Prof Marc Morjé Howard, Professor of Government, Georgetown University and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Prof Christian Joppke, Chair in General Sociology, University of Bern.

Prof Paul Kalinichenko, Chair in European Law, Kutafin State Law University, Moscow.

Prof Will Kymlicka, Professor of Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Philosophy, Queen’s University,
Kingston, Canada.

Prof Michael Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law, University of Houston Law Center.

Prof Antonello Tancredi, Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Palermo.

Prof Peter Spiro, Charles Weiner Chair in International Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Prof John Torpey, Professor of Sociology and History and Director of Ralph Bunch Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Prof Fernand de Varennes, Emeritus Professor, University of Pretoria, Department of Law.

Prof Yasemin Soysal, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Essex.

Prof Antje Wiener, Chair of Political Science, Especially Global Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hamburg.

Information for authors

The editors welcome unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished material that will advance knowledge in the field of investment migration. The Papers do not take copyright, encouraging the authors to republish material elsewhere, provided the text mentions that it has previously appeared in the Investment Migration Papers. Research papers should be between 6.000 and 11.000 words in length, including the references. The Policy briefs should start at 3.500 words.


Submissions should be made electronically to the following email: The following information should be included at submission: authors full name, postal address, e-mail and institutional affiliation, and a statement that the text has not been previously published elsewhere. The submission should contain an abstract of up to 200 words and 5-10 key-words. All papers will be reviewed by the members of the editorial board. We publish fast.


Referencing and format

Referencing should adhere to either OSCOLA  or Harvard styles Please ensure consistency of referencing throughout the text.