Antigua ranks high on Nationality Index


Antigua and Barbuda has moved up the ranks of the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) surpassing countries like Grenada and St Lucia.

The country remained in the High Quality tier of the index moving up two positions in the world to rank 56, one better than its OECS counterpart St Kitts and Nevis which has ranked 57.

Grenada, 67th and St Lucia at 64 are, however, “amongst the top risers worldwide, gaining 24 and 22 places respectively to secure 67th and 64th position, moving them from the Medium Quality tier to the High Quality tier on the index,” a release from Henley & Partners, who compiled the 2nd edition of the ranking, said. 

The Commonwealth of Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago are other Caribbean countries that now enjoy High Quality status on the QNI.

Group Director at Henley & Partners, Hugh Morshead, spoke of the substantial differences between Caribbean countries in the top 60 of the index’sGeneral Ranking, and those such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, which fall outside the top 100.

“Higher-scoring nationalities generally have stronger economies, greater development and more peace and stability, and their citizens benefit from better travel freedom. The Schengen visa liberalization has significantly extended the travel freedom of many Caribbean nations which is why they are now climbing up the index,” Morshead said.

The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index was published in London on Wednesday, and is the first of its kind to objectively rank the value of every nationality of the world in terms of legal status in which to develop your talents and business.

A variety of quantifiable data is used to determine the opportunities and limitations that “our nationalities impose on us”, including the quality of life and opportunities for personal growth within a nationality’s country of origin-the internal value of nationality-and the external value of nationality-which identifies the diversity and quality of opportunities that nationalities allow us to pursue outside our country of origin.

Germany had the highest ranking with a score of 82.7 per cent, and has been holding this position for the last five years. The United States ranked 29th on the QNI with a score of 68.8 per cent. 

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