The 10 easiest countries for securing EU residency

Britain might be leaving the EU – but that doesn’t mean you have to. Various countries on the continent have programmes that allow foreign citizens to invest their way to residency. So where best to buy into?

A study by the citizenship consultancy firm Henley & Partners analysed various programmes around the world, ranking them by value and quality, amongst other metrics. Here are the 10 EU nations that performed best overall. Warning: you’ll need to have plenty of spare cash to gain residency in most of these places.

1. Austria

Topping the list was Austria, which, according to Henley & Partners, offers 10 different types of residency permit, none of which require investment in the country. Such permits would allow visa-free travel across the Schengen Area, which includes most EU nations.

2. Belgium

In second place is Belgium where merely securing a job in the country can be enough to qualify for residency, thus negating the need to invest. The process reportedly takes as little as two weeks.

3. Portugal

Time to talk to your bank manager because getting residency in Portugal is going to cost you. So what’s the damage? Well, the minimum you can get away with is €500,000 (£450,000); buy a house