Berlin, Sept 14: Germany, for the sixth year in a row, topped the Quality of Nationality Index, with a score of 82.7 per cent. The second spot was bagged by Denmark and France with 82.4 per cent and Iceland ranked fourth with a score of 81.3 per cent. Conducted by law professor Dimitry Kochenov, the study was published by UK-based international immigration consultants Henley & Partners.
Surprisingly, the UK did not feature in the top 10 countries list. It booked 12th spot for itself with a score of 79.2 per cent. Meanwhile, the US ranked 29th with a score of 68.8 per cent, mainly due to its relatively low ‘Settlement Freedom’ compared to nationalities of the EU member states.
Here is the list of top 10 countries:
Managing partner at global citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners in South Africa Nigel Barnes has been quoted as saying by a report that nationality plays a significant role in determining the opportunities and aspirations of people.
The index objectively measures both the internal value of nationality – the quality of life and opportunities for personal growth within a nationality’s country of origin – and the external value of nationality.
The global mean in 2016 was 39.32 per cent, with Afghanistan at the last spot of the index with a score of 14.6 per cent.