Cape Town - South Africa is ranked as one of the top nationalities in Africa, according to a new index unveiled in Zurich on 2 June 2016.
Henley & Partners, a global citizen and partners planning agency, say the Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) is the first to ever objectively rank the quality of nationalities worldwide and explores both internal factors and external factors related to quality of life and living standard measures.
QNI assesses things like the scale of the economy, human development, and peace and stability as well as visa-free travel, for which SA has access to some 97 countries, as well as the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome formalities, says the agency.
What is measured and how?
To calculate the internal value of each nationality, which comprises 40% of the score, took into account the economic strength of the country, measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 15%, scale of human development, as expressed by the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) at 15%, and the level of peace and stability, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) at 10%.
The external value of nationality accounts for 60% of the ranking score looked at diversity of settlement freedom at 15%, weight of settlement freedom at 15%, diversity of travel freedom at 15%, and weight of travel freedom at 15%.
According to Henley and partners, these are the determining factors that "make one nationality better than another in terms of legal status in which to develop your talents and business".
Conducted on data over the last five years, between 2011 and 2015, gives a current picture of the quality of world nationalities - highlighting medium to long-term trends in nationalities’ development.
The QNI has ranked the German nationality the highest in the world over the last five years with a score of 83.1%.
Sandra Woest, Senior Manager at Henley & Partners South Africa says even though The South African nationality falls into the Medium Quality tier on the Index and in fact lags behind countries in Europe, large parts of Asia, North America, and even many South American nationalities, "it is one of the stronger nationalities in Africa.”
The Index lists four tiers based on quality, from Very High to Low.
"Similarly, it is better to have a nationality with the rights to work and reside in several countries, like those of the European Union, with work and residence rights throughout the EU, rather than, say, Japan, which, although equally prosperous, does not offer its nationals any rights at all outside their own borders.
It is also better to have a nationality of a peaceful and stable country, like Denmark, rather than of a country with security risks, like Venezuela."
“The more you are restrained by national borders, the less the value of your nationality; the less noticeable the borders, the higher the value," says Woest.
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