The Economist Daily Chart on June 2 2016 is dedicated to the Quality of Nationality Index, which Prof. Dimitry Kochenov (EU Constitutional Law) designed together with Henley and Partners, the world leading citizenship and immigration law firm:
"IF A baby is born in a rich country, she will have a longer, healthier life with more economic opportunities than one born in a poor, conflict-ridden nation. But quantifying the value of a person’s nationality compared with another is tricky. The number of countries that a person can travel to or settle in without bureaucratic restrictions may be one indicator, but the appeal of those countries is just as important. Russian nationals can travel to over 100 countries without a visa, for instance, but none are rich economies. Similarly the size of an economy may be a large factor, but it does not account for settlement opportunities elsewhere. Americans benefit from living in the world’s largest economy yet they can settle in only a handful of smaller economies. An inaugural “quality of nationality index” (QNI) by Henley & Partners, a consultancy, and Prof. Kochenov attempts to do just that by looking at the value of citizenship on two counts: to a person living in the country (the internal value) and the ability to live or work elsewhere (the external value). The internal value combines a nation’s economic heft, its score on the UN’s human development index, and its peacefulness and stability. The external value measures the number of countries that a citizen may travel to and settle in, and the weight of those in terms of economic strength and stability."
This article was published by the Faculty of Law.
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