今年3月の選挙で政権を得たバヌアク党のLoughmanが３年間の特別なビザの発給を発表。対象は “nomads, stateless people and people in difficulty” （遊牧民・無国籍者・難民）
Press release (31/08/2020)
VICE PRESIDENT OF VP OPENS DOOR FOR INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS TO BECOME CITIZENS
Ronald Warsal, Chairman of the Citizenship Commission and also Vice President of the Vanuaaku Pati, has given a 3-year exclusive contract to a company belonging to his close associate, Ms Thi Tam Ghoiset, to find and give up to 300 citizenships to “nomads, stateless people and people in difficulty”. This opens the door for international criminals and persons who have been stripped of their citizenship in other countries for nefarious activities to more easily become citizens of Vanuatu. Given that the cost of a single citizenship under the Development Support Program (DSP) is upwards of USD$80,000, no genuine economic refugees would be able to access citizenships through this new doorway. Not only does this new initiative severely jeopardise Vanuatu’s national security, it also is in breach of existing procedures for granting citizenship where the applicant has to show an existing citizenship – passport and ID card – before they can be eligible for a Vanuatu citizenship.
This announcement also will almost certainly result in the European Union cancelling its visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu, under which Vanuatu citizens have visa-free access to all 27 member countries of the EU. The EU has previously raised its concern with Vanuatu that persons whom it considers undesirable will be able to circumvent European Union visa requirements by acquiring Vanuatu citizenship through our citizenship programs and then benefiting from Vanuatu’s visa waiver agreement. Article 8(4) of the via waiver agreement may be invoked by either party to suspend the agreement for reasons of public policy, protection of national security or the protection of public health or illegal immigration.
The Opposition is extremely concerned with this new development, and is asking Prime Minister Loughman – President of the VP - to confirm publicly if this is official Government policy or just another of Mr Warsal’s many infamous and dubious private money-making ventures.