Which countries are easiest for non-EU entrepreneurs to immigrate to?


I'm a non-EU entrepreneur running a startup in EU. I'm looking for a country where I can immigrate to as self-employed. Which countries have favorable rules? Short application processing times, not heavy capital investments, etc.

Thank you


asked Oct 26 '11 at 20:00
Brown And Friendly
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  • Most EU countries have unified immigration laws. There is probably no "easy" one. – Ross 12 years ago
  • Some countries have slightly looser rules for citizenship: any chance of an Irish grandparent, for example? – Mike 12 years ago

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Check the world bank and inf 'doing business' index;

"Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 – 183. A high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. This index averages the country's percentile rankings on 10 topics, made up of a variety of indicators, giving equal weight to each topic. The rankings for all economies are benchmarked to June 2011."

at http://www.doingbusiness.org/rankings

answered Oct 27 '11 at 05:19
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  • This is a great resource. It doesn't address immigration issues though. Perhaps you could use it to create a shortlist and then check out immigration criteria for countries on your shortlist. – Susan Jones 12 years ago

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