Malta and Cyprus provide a Citizenship by Investment route to individuals wishing to move personal and buisness affairs into Europe. The Citizenship by Investment programmes of the two Island States have received over 400 and 700 applications respectively. Both citizenship programmes are aimed at high net worth individuals, as well as families and entrapreneurs. Cyprus has an entry level of €1.5m, while the Malta citizenship programme requires a mixed contribution-investment ranging from €880k to €1.1m depending on the applicant's choice between property rental and ownership in Malta. Comparing the two citizenship by investment programmes, it's easy to jump to conclusions and to side with one or the other. However, having advised a number of clients who have gone either way, I quite disagree that there is a straight winner or that this is a race at all. From my experience, each client has his own preferences, personal circumstances and comfort zones and therefore each citizenship programme has its merits, addressing different aspirations of different investor profiles.
Read my full article comparing EU Citizenship in Malta & Cyprus at: Malta & Cyprus Citizenship Programmes head to head