Inside Story

Are Cyprus’s ‘golden passports’ legal?

Passports and citizenship are being obtained in Cyprus by rich people from a number of countries.

An Al Jazeera investigation has revealed Cyprus has been providing European passports to convicted criminals and high-level political figures.

The large leak of passport data to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit exposes serious flaws to the island’s so-called “golden passport” scheme that has generated more than $8bn for its government.

The European justice commissioner says he will consider legal action against Cyprus. But can it be stopped?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Laure Brillaud – Senior policy officer at Transparency International covering the European Union

Praxoula Antoniadou – President of the United Democrats political party and former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Cyprus

Jelena Dzankic – Co-director of the Global Citizenship Observatory at the European University Institute