27/02/2024 05:58 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- European residence and citizenship by investment programmes continue to dominate the top spots of global wealth advisory firm Henley & Partners’ annual rankings of the most sought-after investment migration programmes in the world.

Malta holds onto first place in the 2024 Global Citizenship Program Index as it has done for nine consecutive years, while the Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program retains top spot on the Global Residence Program Index.

The two indexes offer a systematic analysis and comprehensive benchmarking of the world’s most attractive residence and citizenship by investment programmes, providing the gold standard in the sector.

According to Henley & Partners in a statement, the Global Citizenship Program Index ranks 13 programmes, with the strategically-located European nation of Malta scoring 77 out of 100, taking top honours once again.

Retaining second place with a score of 74 is Austria’s premium citizenship by investment offering, which requires applicants to make a substantial contribution to the Austrian economy.

Meanwhile, Europe also prevails in the 2024 Global Residence Program Index, with programmes on the continent occupying the top five positions, with the Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program ranks first overall out of 26 programmes scoring 75 out of 100.

Last year, United States-Americans were the top nationality applying for alternative residence and citizenship options via Henley & Partners, and this trend has continued into the first quarter this year.

This year’s edition includes a total of 39 programmes, representing the most relevant of over 100 programmes worldwide, which have been appraised by a panel of independent experts.

Interactive digital comparisons of the programmes are also available, enabling global investors and wealthy families to select what matters most to them when weighing up their options.


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