The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Citizenship for Sale

Sep 4, 2017

The governments of Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus are selling citizenship, according to BBC news. The prices of these passports are so high that only the rich can afford them. For example, Malta’s price for one passport is a million dollars.

Many countries including the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, and Australia already have schemes under so-called residency programs or investor visas to sell visas for easier border crossings for the rich.

So others’ misery is a source of profit for these so-called “respectable” governments. Under capitalism, everything has a price and a selling point. For the governments, providing citizenship and visas are like businesses to create revenues.

As for the rich, there are no borders since they easily can pay for such immigration services whether legal or otherwise. These borders are only for the workers and the poor.