citizenship in the
21st century

Atossa Abrahamian, author of The Cosmopolites

In conversation with Loren Wolfe, Program Manager Columbia Global Centers | Europe

December 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Reid Hall
4 rue de Chevreuse 75006

Grande Salle

Reception to follow

 

 

 

What does "citizenship" mean in a time when millionaires can purchase passports by the handful? When nations can deal with their stateless minorities by assigning them citizenship from an arbitrary second country? In a discussion based on her recent book, The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen, journalist and author Atossa Araxia Abrahamian will discuss the meaning - or the lack of meaning - behind the ideas of citizenship and national identity in the 21st century.

About The Cosmopolites: The buying and selling of citizenship has become a thriving business in just a few years. Entrepreneurs and libertarians are renouncing America and Europe in favor of tax havens like Singapore and the Caribbean. But Abrahamian discovered, the story of twenty-first-century citizenship is bigger than millionaires seeking their next passport. When Abrahamian learned that a group of mysterious middlemen were persuading island nations like the Comoros, St. Kitts, and Antigua to turn to selling citizenship as a new source of revenue after the 2008 financial crisis, she decided to follow the money trail to the Middle East. There, she found that the customers of passports-in-bulk programs were the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, oil-rich countries that don’t want to confer their own citizenship on their bidoon people, or stateless minorities who have no documentation (Columbia Global Reports, 2015).

This event is in English and is open to the public. 


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