We are witnessing the slow commodification of the passport.
Which would result in European expats trading in their high value passports for Comorian citizenship and a cash sum.
Creating an influx of a largely elderly affluent foreign population from predominantly francophone countries to the Comoros Islands. Akin to retirement communities in Spain such as Alicante, Malaga, Majorca.
Migrants colonise the desirable high-value coastal real estate, creating a strip of Marseille style elderly-friendly resi on the beachfront.
To service this new community of leisure seekers, Comorian buissnessmen develop a strip of recreational activities and infrastructure parallel to the resi, including golf courses, tennis courts, cinemas, social clubs, bars, restaurants.
All residents hold Estonian e-citizenship as the Comoros doesn’t provide adequate welfare. Estonian infrastructure is built, woven in, around and on top of the existing Comorian systems, including transport healthcare and education.
In 2015 Kuwait and the UAE struck a deal with the Comoros to bulk buy citizenship for their indigenous stateless bidoon population at $10,000 per passport, allowing them to deport petty criminals and dissident voices.
There are 110,729 officially registered bidoon in Kuwait. NGO’S estimate that there is another 100,000 bidoon in the UAE.
With the increasing fortunes of the Comoros the bidoon population voluntarily move to the archipelago, making the Comoros both cash and population rich.
In 2013 the sale of citizenship accounted for 25% of St Kitts and Nevis’ GDP; selling passports for £250,000 each. Between the years 2011- 2015 Cyprus made 2 billion euros from its cash-for-passports program.
With this cash and population injection the Comoros seeks to create homes and jobs for their current and new bidoon population and spark economic expansion.
Their main export is the evergreen aromatic Ylang Ylang plant, the essence of which is a key ingredient of perfumes such as Chanel no.5.
The Comorian government cuts deals with luxury perfume brands to produce their product in full; including farming the plants, processing the brew, manufacturing the packaging, boxing the items and shipping directly from the Comoros Islands. Thus the low-value inland areas becomes pastoral ylang ylang farmland.
In order to fulfil the perfume contracts the Comoros invests in increased port infrastructure on each island to ship the products. Products which will ultimately serve the emerging African luxury goods market.