Comoros: Citizenship for sale

Published: 3/Apr/2015
Source: New African Magazine

The Comoros is a small nation in need of money. The Gulf States have plenty of cash, but also a population of stateless residents they won’t give full rights to. So, as Alastair Sloan reports, Comoros is trading cash for citizenship papers, but it may be getting more than it bargained for.

The Comoros, unlike its fellow Indian Ocean Small Island nations, the Seychelles and Mauritius, has been unable to capitalise on its natural beauty for tourism or become a hub to manage (and sometimes obscure) capital flows to and from the mainland African continent.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Statelessness
Regions: East Africa, Comoros
Year: 2015