20 Feb 2019

Shopping for citizenship

From Nine To Noon, 11:26 am on 20 February 2019
Cruise ship leaves Port Vila

In Vanuatu passport sales in the 1st half of 2018 brought it about 9 percent of its GDP. Photo: RNZ Walter Zweifel

A spotlight on the super rich shopping for passports, including in the Pacific Islands, and what that means for international efforts to combat tax evasion.

Since the early 1980s, Pacific island countries have sold passports to foreigners. Anthony van Fossen is an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at  Griffith University. 

He is conducting long-term research on the international political economy of the Pacific Islands and tax havens, especially their relationships to global capitalism.