Paper Category: 2016

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

ABSTRACT That citizenship is getting lighter is not a new idea. How this is occurring and what its implications are for the fabric of communities is however a question with several facets. This article explores one of these facets. It questions how ‘new generation’ skilled migration policies, with which several states around the globe are […]

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

ABSTRACT What explains the growth of citizenship by investment programs and what are the implications for citizenship more broadly? This paper investigates an under-studied yet rapidly developing avenue for naturalization: jus pecuniae, or the acquisition of citizenship through financial contribution. The existing literature divides between exuberant economists touting the utility of market mechanisms to control political […]

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

ABSTRACT China is a major source country for immigrant investors. Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, operates one of the most popular investment migration programmes. The Hong Kong ‘Capital Investment Entrant Scheme’ (CIES) was launched in 2003 and has granted residence rights to over 28,000 individuals, until its suspension in 2015. Notably, CIES […]

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Re-thinking Immigrant Investment Funds – IMC-RP 2016/1

Abstract The idea of selling membership into society is not new, but it has taken on new life with the recent proliferation globally of Immigrant Investor Programs (IIPs). These programs involve the sale of national membership privileges to wealthy foreigners. They are justified by attractive policy objectives: to stimulate economic development and attract engaged investor-migrants. […]

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