The Singaporean nationality has ranked 1st within Southeast Asia and 36th globally according to the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI).
According to the report, a strong economy and travel freedom has enabled Singapore to increase its standing by 1.5% between a period of 2012 and 2016 to achieve a score of 52.8%. Compared with the Asia Pacific average of 32.99% and the global average of 39.32%, this result puts Singaporean nationality in the Very High-Quality category.
The QNI ranks the objective value of the world’s nationalities, and presents a global assessment of the quality of all nationalities in the world and how they have changed over the last year. It is the first index of its kind to evaluate factors that makes one nationality more rewarding than another in terms of developing talents, business interests and social life. The factors include scale of the economy, human development, peace and stability (internal), visa-free travel and the ability to settle and work abroad (external).
Regionally, Singapore saw a 0.9% value increase to be ranked 36th; Malaysia gained an increased value of 2.2% at 45th place on the rank; Thailand enjoyed an increase of 1.9% in value, now at 97th place on the Index; Indonesia is now at the 105th place with an 1.4% value increase; and the Philippines increased in value by 0.6% and is ranked 120th. Globally, all nationalities saw a change in value in 2016 but only 45 lost value – compared to 88 nationalities losing value in 2015.