Super-rich passport schemes open door to criminals, activists say

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Call for Europe’s ‘golden visa’ schemes to have higher standards of due diligence

European governments have been accused of opening the door to criminals through lax sales of passports and visas to the super-rich.

The European Union had gained nearly 100,000 new residents and 6,000 new citizens in the last decade through poorly managed residency and passport sale schemes that were “shrouded in secrecy”, a report by Transparency International and Global Witness says.

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