Jelena Džankić discusses her recent monograph,The Global Market for Investor Citizenship, in which she looks at the growing practice of the sale of passports around the world through the lenses of political science. She maps the historical relationship between citizenship, money and property; discusses normative arguments that support and counter the practice of the sale of citizenship; and examines the interests and strategies of the different actors — states, companies, individuals — that constitute the ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ sides of the burgeoning citizenship industry. The book highlights the tension between citizenship policies aimed at immigrant integration and those that create ‘long-distance’ or strategic citizens. It raises important and timely questions on national identities and global inequalities, focusing on the new forms that they assume in an emergent regime of flexible, instrumental and commodified citizenship.
Jelena Džankić is the coordinator of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) at the European University Institute. She holds a PhD in international studies from the University of Cambridge (New Hall College). Her expertise is in the area of citizenship policy and, in particular of investor citizenship programmes. The Global Market for Investor Citizenship is her second monograph.
The Cities, Migration and Membership Research Collaborative will hold a two-day symposium focused on the topic of cities and mobility. This event brings together scholars, practitioners and policy-makers from around the globe with the objective to advance empirical and normative research to understand and meet the challenges posed by human mobility to cities in the 21st Century.
The Cities, Migration and Membership Research Collaborative supports interdisciplinary research and promotes integrated approaches to conceptual and evidence-based research and policy analysis on the topic of cities and human mobility. Cities are actively looking to new ways of doing business to foster the opportunities and meet the challenges they face.
They are entering into national and global networks with other cities to share “best practices.” The Cities, Migration and Membership Research Collaborative engages with city efforts by providing normative frameworks, data and analysis to help advance policies that welcome and effectively incorporate migrants into cities.