Crisis and Migratory Policies: New Mobility Regimes created by Golden Visas

Project Title:
Crisis and Migratory Policies: New Mobility Regimes created by Golden Visas

Start and end of the project:
May 2016 – ongoing

Chief Investigator:
Prof. Doutora Maria de Fátima Amante

Research Team:

Researcher Name
Institutional Affiliation
Maria de Fátima Amante CAPP/ISCSP
Irene Rodrigues IO/ISCSP
Frank Pieke Universidade de Leiden
Doris Wastl-Walter Universidade de Berna



Country Partners
Portugal Instituto do Oriente/ISCSP


Since October 2012, in the turmoil of debt financial crisis, Portugal has created a new program of residence permits in order to attract investment from third country nationals: the Golden Visa Program, which assigns residence visas and, in the long run, allows Portuguese citizenship for investors. Having the concept of regimes of mobility (Schiller and Salazar, 2013) as a starting point, we propose to analyze the ways by which a new residence permits regime influences the development of Portuguese migratory policies as well as migratory flows themselves. This is a first exploratory project on the topic and as such it aims to map the economical, juridical, political, ideological and statistical outlines of the phenomenon. The specific goals of the project are:

1) Program description and analysis in legal terms, taking into account the changes and the effects produced by them;

2) Description and analysis of the economic, political and ideological context of the financial crisis in relation to the Program;

3) Analysis and interpretation of statistical data from the first four years of the Program, comparing it with migration statistical data not covered by the program;

During this first stage of the project, exploratory interviews will be conducted with institutional actors directly or indirectly involved in the program.