EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 5, Issue 2 - Page 138

As we head into 2018, uncertainty surrounds Brexit with little clarity as to how free movement around the EU will operate come March 2019. At the same time, we continue to see conflicting developments across the EU and UK in both investor and the broader migration debate. What is the impact of these developments and Brexit on investment immigration programs across the region? NATIONALISTIC TRENDS Despite the upcoming Brexit, which has England on a course to leave the European Union by 2019 after a historic referendum last year, the applications for United Kingdom's immigration investment programs are increasing. The upswing has 137 EB5 INVESTORS M AGAZINE also been triggered by waves of nationalism sweeping across Europe.Migration and nationalism have featured prominently in "The UK’s Tier 1 categories have proved resilient against Brexit uncertainties." European elections in 2017 and are becoming increasingly conflated in political debate. Germany’s election delivered concerning results with AfD sweeping into the Bundestag with 12.6 percent of the vote, having fought on a hard anti-immigration ticket. It gained over 4.5 million voters compared to its 2013 result – giving them nearly 6 million votes in the federal election. Elsewhere in the region, the Dutch election was seen by some as a "symbolic Euroscepticism showdown that seems to have split society along the immigration policy divide" 1 and France’s presidential election was billed as a battle between the "anti- immigration, anti-EU, far-right and the progressive, pro-business and socially liberal". 2 The spotlight has also been placed on EU’s investor migration programs by some national publications in the UK, focusing negatively on certain applicants to such programs. The EU Commission is also set to turn its attention to investor migration programs across the union, with a review planned in the coming year.