Want to be a Western cit­i­zen? Get out your wal­let

Southeast Asia Globe - - Agenda / Business In Brief -

The perks of be­ing a mil­lion­aire in Cam­bo­dia keep com­ing. An in­ter­na­tional law firm help­ing elites win cit­i­zen­ship to wealth­ier Western coun­tries is set to open an of­fice in the King­dom within a year. Canada’s Har­vey Law Group is promis­ing prospec­tive clients easy ac­cess to res­i­den­cies or cit­i­zen­ship in coun­tries such as Aus­tralia, Canada or the US for up­wards of $232,000. “We help South­east Asian peo­ple to set up abroad, to re­lo­cate their busi­ness, to find new op­tions on a world­wide scale, to send their kids to­wards other coun­tries for ed­u­ca­tion pur­poses, and we do this through in­vest­ment,” said se­nior as­so­ciate Guil­laume Matz. The law firm will also be of­fer­ing its clients – who will re­quire a net worth of $3m to $5m and up – as­sis­tance in prov­ing that their hard-earned as­sets were ac­quired le­gally. The law group has ap­par­ently iden­ti­fied just a few thou­sand Cam­bo­di­ans who fit the bill, but ap­pears to have plenty of con­fi­dence they will be in­ter­ested. Crit­ics of in­vest­ment-for-cit­i­zen­ship pro­grammes say they fa­cil­i­tate money laun­der­ing and tax eva­sion.

For­eign pass­ports are be­com­ing eas­ier to come by for rich Cam­bo­di­ans

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