Welcome to this year’s second edition of ‘Crossing Borders’, our online newsletter.
I would like to start off by thanking all the delegates and partners who made this year’s Investment Migration Forum a huge success. Around 200 delegates from 35+ countries, 40+ speakers and 17+ partners joined us in Brussels last June and participated during the panels delivered by our fantastic faculty of international speakers.
After two pandemic years, we feel everyone enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to discuss and develop new ideas together. With Covid-19 still around us, we also understand that not everyone who had wished to join was able to do so.
By hosting the Investment Migration Forum in Brussels, we hoped to increase the participation of European policymakers. Considering their busy schedules, we wanted to give them an opportunity to learn more about investment migration without the need to travel. While we did invite several EU experts and officials, we were surprised that none of them chose to attend the Forum at this critical point in time. We certainly wish to advance the dialogue with the European institutions given the subject’s importance on the EU agenda, but this good faith on our part needs to be reciprocated by EU institutions as per the democratic process underpinned by the treaties on the functioning of the European Union.
Meanwhile, we have started working on the new Investment Migration Yearbook, which keeps readers in more than 50 countries informed on the latest trends and developments affecting investment migration. Already in its 5th edition, the Yearbook is now known as the most comprehensive guide to investment migration offering experienced as well as young professionals the required knowledge to understand and navigate the ever-evolving investment migration landscape. We look forward to seeing you contribute and increase your brand’s visibility. We encourage you to get in touch to find more about our various advertising and sponsorship opportunities.
In this Crossing Borders newsletter, we have collated articles of special interest to you, zooming in on various aspects of investment migration. Patricia Casaburi, the Managing Director of Global Citizen Solutions, outlines the changes that have been implemented for the Portuguese Golden Visa. The second piece is a detailed report published by Henley & Partners, offering an analysis and comprehensive benchmarking of the world’s most important residence and citizenship by investment programmes. We also included an article authored by Steven Pepa who explains what to do and what to avoid when choosing an investment Migration Fund. In the fourth article, Laura Austin, highlights the responsibilities due diligence providers have when participating in education and advocacy efforts within investment migration. And finally, you will find an article written by the Investment Migration Council discussing the top three trends to keep an eye on in 2022.