Citizenship for Sale? Legal and Ethical Puzzles
Lecture by Ayelet Schachar
The lecture by Ayelet Shachar is part of an interdisciplinary seminar we organize titled “Show me the Money! Money Matters in Migration Policy and Practice”, hosting a group of esteemed international migration scholars.
In contemporary migration policy and practice, money matters. Money is instrumental in the governance structures for migration in a broad sense. This is true irrespective of how migration is categorized, either as work, studies, family, asylum or any other category of migrants. The most obvious and controversial relevance of money in migration policy can be seen in investor visa and investor citizenship, where 'membership' of the receiving country is for sale. But the impact of money is much wider. Money pops up when migration law fees are levied, and income requirements for family migration are increased. One could also think of payments to human traffickers, recruitment fees or fines for illegally employing undocumented migrants, the costs of reception to be paid by asylum seekers, access to banks for migrants, State paid aid or tax benefits for the talented migrants, insurance requirements, fines as sanctions for not meeting integration obligations: it’s all about money. As these examples highlight, money can be an instrument of inclusion as well as exclusion. It is an ordering instrument, intentionally or not.
The seminar crosses disciplinary borders because these borders do not do justice to the migrants’ reality and stand in the way of advancing our research impact. The seminars’ interdisciplinary approach does not only bring together researchers from different academic disciplines, it also allows us to cross into adjacent fields of law that have been overlooked and have an unforeseen impact on migrants, their rights and migration strategies. Studies of health care arrangements in Europe (the Netherlands and Germany), international family law for EU families and financial regulations on the combatting on money laundering in South Africa present a shocking picture from other legal disciplines than migration law, with a high impact on migrants and their sponsors strategies.
dr. T. (Tesseltje) de Lange
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