Hey Corrupt Chinese Billionaire, For $4 Million You Too Can Be a Cypriot Citizen

Desperate to inject some capital in their struggling economies, cash-strapped European countries are turning to a new scheme to attract investors' dollars -- so-called "Golden Visas." Since 2012, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, and Greece have all established such programs to lure wealthy foreigners to spend their hard currency in Europe. The quid pro quo goes as follows: you invest hundreds of thousands of euros into our economy; we'll give you residence.

According to the BBC, Portugal alone has issued 734 golden visas -- the majority going to Chinese citizens -- generating more than 440 million euros.

But let's say you're a transient millionaire looking for new haunts, yet the Mediterranean just isn't your thing. Don't fret! Countries across the world offer similar programs -- often called investor visas. Navigating the opaque world of elite immigration is no easy task, but here are some of the options for the aspiring expats of the 1 percent for buying residency around the world.


The "significant investor" visa offers temporary residency for a period of four years for those who invest AUD 5 million ($4.37 million).

Antigua & Barbuda
Citizenship is available for those who invest $1.5 million in an approved business, $400,000 in real estate, or donate $250,000 to the country's National Development Fund, which develops small business enterprises.

Permanent residency is available to foreigners who purchase residential property worth at least $500,000.

Citizenship is available to foreigners who invest 500,000 euros ($690,000).

Citizenship is available to foreigners who invest 5 million euros ($4.13 million) or have 5 million euros ($4.13 million) in bank deposits.

Temporary residency is available for foreigners who invest 250,000 euros ($280,000) into a German business.

Renewable five-year residency visas are available foreigners who purchase residential real estate worth at least 250,000 euros ($328,000).

Hong Kong
Temporary residency is available to foreigners who put HKD 10 million ($1.2 million) into government-approved investment plans. One caveat for those who hail from mainland China: They are required to hold permanent residency in another country. 

Permanent residency is available to foreigners who invest 300,000 euros ($410,000) in government bonds.

Renewable residency visas are available to non-European Economic Area* citizens who invest 500,000 euros ($690,000) into a business, approved fund, or "public project."

Temporary residency is available for non-European Economic Area citizens who purchase property worth 150,000 euros ($206,000).

Citizenship is available to foreigners who invest 400,000 euros ($550,000) in the country's economy and hire at least 10 workers.

Citizenship is available to foreigners for a flat fee of 650,000 euros ($895,000).

Temporary residency permits are available to foreigners who invest at least 1.25 million euros ($1.7 million) in Dutch companies.

New Zealand
Temporary residency is available to foreigners who invest from $1-7 million, depending on the program of investment.

Permanent residence is available to foreigners who maintain a deposit of $260,000 in the National Bank of Panama for a period of 5 years.

Residency is available for foreigners who invest 1 million euros ($1.38 million), purchase property worth at least 500,000 euros ($690,000), or create 10 jobs.

Permanent residency is available to foreigners who invest SGD 2.5 million ($2 million) for a period of five years.

St. Kitts and Nevis
Citizenship is available to foreigners who invest $400,000 in real estate or donate $250,000 to the country's Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation -- a fund that assists the government in diversifying the economy.

Temporary residence is available to foreigners by paying an annual taxation fee. Cost is determined by canton, the country's states, with a minimum fee of 150,000 Swiss Francs ($170,000) annually. 

Residential permits are available to foreigners who invest 500,000 euros ($690,000) in property.

United States
EB-5 immigrant visas, which allow conditional residency, are available to foreigners who invest at least $1 million in a new or recently created business, or $500,000 for businesses in rural or high-unemployment areas.

United Kingdom
Temporary residency visas are available to non-European Economic Area citizens who invest £1 million ($1.65 million) for a period of five years.

* The European Economic Area unites the member states of the European Union with Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. It allows the non-EU member states to participate in the EU's internal market.


Ukrainian Hipsters Say No to Sex with Russians

This post has been updated.

With Russian forces in firm control of the Crimean peninsula, a group of Ukrainian women are fighting back under a simple, attention-grabbing slogan: "Don't give it to a Russian." The campaign -- the goal of which is exactly what it sounds like: denying Russian men sex -- went viral on the Russian Internet Sunday, and not in a good way.

The female journalists and social activists behind the campaign are selling t-shirts that promote their cause. The proceeds will go to -- wait for it -- "the needs of the Ukrainian army," according to one of the group's founders, Katerina Venzhik, the editor of news website Delo.UA.  On the group's Facebook page, young, tattooed women model the shirts, which feature hands clasped in prayer and cradling what looks like a vagina. The design is accompanied by a quote from Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko: "O dark-browed maidens fall in love, but not with the Moskals [Russians]."  The shirts sell for $23.    

"We believe that in the context of military occupation of the territory it is silly to continue to assert that all men are brothers," Venzhik wrote in an email to Foreign Policy. "What Russia is doing in Ukraine is terrible, but the world sees their actions primarily through the prism of the pro-Putin propaganda." 

The campaign hasn't yet taken off in Ukraine, but Russian Internet users were quick to mock it all the same. The women participating in the campaign have been called "prostitutes" by users who don't quite seem to understand that the effort is about denying sex, not selling it. In another effort to troll the activists, one Internet user photoshopped the t-shirt onto a picture of Valeriya Novodvorskaya, a middle-aged liberal Russian hated by the country's conservative establishment whose looks provide a stark contrast to the young, hip Ukrainian women. "I thought she has been on a sex boycott for the past 30 years," one user tweeted.



Venzhik told FP that the group started selling the provocative t-shirts to draw attention to alleged Russian misdeeds in Crimea, which she described as "kidnapping, limiting rights of the Tatars [a pro-Ukrainian ethnic minority], preventing adequate journalists' work." FP contributor Harriet Salem reported Monday that journalists and Tatars are fleeing the peninsula, fearing for their safety. "In addition, we definitely wanted to make it clear that Ukrainian women prefer Ukrainian men!" wrote Venzhik.

On their Facebook page, the women selling the t-shirts urge their countrywomen to "fight the enemy in any way!" The group's founders liken their push to previous sex boycotts, including the one portrayed in Aristophanes's "Lysistrata," the ancient Greek play in which women deny their husbands sex to force them into peace negotiations during the Peloponnesian War. 

The women also write that they were inspired by more modern efforts to achieve political ends through enforced celibacy. During the Liberian civil war, a group of women banded together to deny sex until their men would stop fighting, part of a larger women's effort that helped halt the fighting. In 2009, meanwhile, Kenyan women's groups called for a "sex boycott" to make Kenyan politicians resolve a stalemate between the country's political leaders. One Kenyan man later sued for "damages" he sustained during the boycott. "Since the women called for the sex boycott, my wife has denied me my conjugal rights. This has caused me anxiety and sleepless nights," he said. The crisis was resolved, and the activists claimed the strike was a success.

The campaigns don't always work. In February, Japanese women launched a sex boycott designed to persuade their husbands and boyfriends not to vote for Yoichi Masuzoe, a gubernatorial candidate known for his sexist remarks. Women, he has argued, were unfit for high-level governmental positions because they become "irrational" during menstruation. Masuzoe won the election anyway.

The new sex boycott almost certainly won't be enough to persuade Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to return Crimea. Then again, neither have Western sanctions.


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