Welcome to the Final Edition of this year’s Crossing Borders – our on-line magazine which brings together a selection of short articles, some taken from the 3rd IM Yearbook.
Reflecting on this year’s events, we can say that this was a very challenging year during which the world experienced an unprecedented socio-economic crisis. The IMC has reacted to the changes that were forced upon us and the Secretariat team, Governing Board, Regional Representative Offices and Advisory Committee has been keeping very busy adapting which I am very grateful for.
We launched the IMC Streaming Service, which has been bringing together the IM community virtually. We have also made the Certification in Investment Migration more accessible to practitioners, by introducing great discounts – to this I would also like to add that we have been working on creating new modules and a new flexible study format, which will be launched in the coming weeks. Therefore, I encourage you to keep an eye out on this space.
The IM Yearbook 2020/21, the leading publication of the sector, has been also recently launched and in addition to the great articles featured in this bulletin, we encourage you to downloadyour own copy.
And now, let me introduce to you the interesting articles that were picked for this issue. We start off with an article by myself, during which I share my thoughts on challenges, opportunities and outline the IMC’s future plans. The Malta Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Communities, Alex Muscat, provides insights into the country’s decision to revamp its programme. Michael Krakat’s article looks into the growth of the global standards of migration; while Bob Kraft talks to us about his EB-5 journey, the current situation in the US and about future investment opportunities. Dr Elena Basheska looks into the legal battle brewing in the Eu and sheds light on the European Commission’s arguments and explains why the EU’s top courts should clarify EU Law. The last article for this year’s edition is written by Eddy Leviten, who looks into due diligence as the cornerstone of any citizenship programme.
I will leave you now to your reading and in the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you Happy Holidays and a new year filled with prosperity and success.
Stay safe and healthy,
Talking Economic Impact and Opportunity
Investment migration has gotten plenty of public and media attention in recent years; however, the industry’s economic benefit has been largely kept on the sidelines. Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO of the Investment Migration Council (IMC), shares his thoughts and opinions on the challenges, opportunities and outlines the organisation’s … Read more >
The Spirit of Dialogue
Alex Muscat, Malta’s Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Communities, provides insights into the country’s decision to revamp its Individual Investor Programme and shares his thoughts on the European Commission’s decision to launch infringement procedures against the country …
CBI: Price based global standards for migration, no longer limited nor marginal
Global markets for membership entitlements are experiencing exceptional growth, with Citizenship by Investment (‘CBI’) as direct admissions absent meaningful (or any) naturalization requirements being the sole driver of entire countries and perhaps, to some extent, regions. CBI market logic is extending…. Read more >
An Entrepreneurial Difference
Robert Kraft spent 40 years running companies before he started working in the EB-5 industry. Through his regional centre, he has raised investor money for projects as diverse as aircraft engines, student dorms, specialised business centres and hotels. He talked to the IM Yearbook about his EB-5 journey …
A legal battle is brewing in the EU as the European Commission has taken action against Cyprus and Malta over their citizenship-by-investment programmes. Elena Basheska sheds light on the Commission’s arguments and explains … Read more >
How We Conduct In-Country Checks In A Covid World
Trust and confidence matter more than ever in a world turned upside down by the pandemic. As the world struggles to find a way out of the current crisis, there is much that can be learned from what happened in the run-up to Covid-19 taking hold and in the subsequent reaction of governments businesses …