299: Expat News: Panama’s New President, Millionaires Fleeing The US, and Malaysia’s Hilarious Visa Flop

Expat News: Panama's New President, Millionaire's Fleeing The US, and Malaysia's Hilarious Visa Flop

What is my take on Panama’s new President, José Raúl Mulino? Why are so many millionaires fleeing the US? And what happens when a country vastly overestimates its visa offering? 

In this week’s episode, you’ll hear my thoughts on the above and so much more as we dive into the latest stories affecting expats on the latest edition of Expat News!



  • Listen in to hear about Malaysia’s bumbled attempt to launch a “Premium Visa Program” – honestly, I am still chuckling over this.
  • Find out why the number of American millionaires looking to acquire second residencies and passports has surged in the past four years, including President Biden’s shocking capital gains tax proposal. 
  • Hear my thoughts on the election of Panama’s new President, Jose Raul Mulino and how it will affect expats. 
  • Free passports?! Learn about El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele’s offer of free passports to foreign skilled professionals. 
  • Tune in to hear about an important upcoming deadline affecting those applying for Caribbean citizenship by investment. 
  • Uncover the reasons why Spain is threatening to end its Golden Visa program—yet another reason expats should generally avoid the country as far as Plan B’s go. 
  • You’ll be horrified when you hear about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Castro’s —er, Justin Trudeau’s—disturbing new speech bill. 
  • Learn about an interesting new visa being proposed in Southeast Asia. 
  • Hear about the shocking number of Americans who may qualify for Armenia’s citizenship by descent program.
  • Lastly, you’ll learn more about Hungary’s upcoming Guest Investor Program.



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I hope you enjoyed this second edition of Expat News. These episodes take a lot of prep work.  Luckily, I have a team of expert researchers here at Expat Money who make sure the most important stories don’t pass me by, allowing me to give you my thoughts right here on the podcast. 

Are you a fan of this type of segment? If so, be sure to let us know, and I’ll see you back here next Wednesday for episode 300!

About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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  1. Kenny B on 05/29/2024 at 12:30 PM

    Thanks for what you do for people, Mikkel.

    I am so sick and tired of the dictatorship of Trudope and the 3rd world country he is making of a once grand country called Canada!

    Can’t wait to meet you in person next week and looking forward to seeing Panama and especially the property at Playa Caracol and moving forward with residency.

    Thank you/Mucha Gracias!!!

    • Mikkel Thorup on 06/04/2024 at 2:25 PM

      Hey Kenny, it was amazing to get to spend some time with you this week in Panama. Thanks so much for making the effort to come down and see things with your own eyes. I hope you enjoyed the trip and you found it beneficial and educational!

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