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The EU Is Now Selling Citizenship

The citizenship you buy might not be worth what you pay for it.

Sarah Hoyt


December 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Having a fire sale.  Everything must go. Even citizenship.

Having a fire sale. Everything must go.
Even citizenship.

According to the Telegraph, the EU is selling EU citizenship by the euro.

Tiny little Malta recently announced proposals to start selling citizenship rights for €650,000 a pop. Many countries in Europe, including Britain, have similar schemes, but this one breaks new ground. In all other cases, the applicant is obliged to reside in the country for a minimum number of years before being granted a passport, and in Britain’s case, he/she is also obliged to invest in a company.

For Malta, it’s simply a case of pay the fee and get the passport. Now Malta is I’m sure a nice enough place, and no doubt there are some in the world willing to pay this stonking great price to go and live there. But essentially what’s being sold is not the right to Maltese citizenship, but to EU residency. Once in possession of a Maltese passport, you can live and work anywhere in EU.

Of course what they’re REALLY selling is the right to receive the generous EU benefits. But since the reason Malta is selling citizenships is that the high-tax-high-government-benefits model is leading to unemployment and economic collapse all over the world, people buying EU citizenship should take care.

Caveat Emptor: the citizenship you buy might not be worth the money it’s printed on.

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Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. or check out her writing and life blog at According to

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hell, all you need to do here is walk across our southern border. save yourself 650,000 euros.
1 year ago
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While I would not want to live in the EU kleptocracy for any length of time; they are selling something else too. Possession of an EU passport may be the escape hatch needed from a number of countries, ours included, when organic waste encounters rotating airfoil.

These are evil times.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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Given the relative strengths of our economies and political systems, that's probably an escape hatch from the frying pan into the fire.
1 year ago
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We've already determined what you are, now we are simply negotiating the price.

-- Winston Churchill, IIRC.
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