Irish nationality ranked amongst top ten in the world

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

Launched in London today, the Henley & Partners" Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) ranks the objective value of world nationalities based on various factors from "peace and stability" to "diversity of settlement freedom'.

An updated Quality of National Index (The Henley & Partners) was made public on April 20, 2018 where Ukraine raised by 19 positions and took the 80 place.

According to Prof. Kochenov, the QNI's combined methodology produces a clear and objective account of what our nationalities can do for us within the borders of our home country and of where they can take us overseas.

France (81,7%) has taken the first place for the first time over the past five years in 2017.

Even lower down on the list in 27th place is the USA because of its relatively poor standing on the index primarily due to its low Settlement Freedom compared to European Union member states.

Other notables included the United Kingdom (13), the USA (27), Japan (29), Australia (32), Canada (33), South Korea (36), Brazil (37), Mexico (52), China (59), Russian Federation (63), South Africa (92) and India (106).

The Qatari nationality suffered "substantially" from the country's diplomatic conflict with Saudi Arabia and its allies.

The Iraqi nationality also dropped 15 places, with a large number of countries introducing travel restrictions for Iraqis. The countries moved up in the ranking by 20 and 19 positions respectively.

The index, which was developed by worldwide residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital, ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a "visa-free score" according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Professor Dr Dimitry Kochenov is co-creator of the index, and a leading constitutional and citizenship law professor.

The premise of the report is that in a globalised world, the legal status of millions of people extends their opportunities and desires far beyond their countries of origin: the confines of the state are no longer the limit of their ambitions and expectations.

He added: 'Firstly, the QNI proves that one can not possibly be correct in stating that all nationalities and passports are equally good. With the QNI, illustrating this discrepancy becomes simple.

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