SA citizens need more visa-free deals to up global ranking

Cape Town – South Africa, which ranks 89th out of 161 on a new index that measures the quality of a nationality, should improve visa-free travel status for its citizens to increase its ranking.

That’s the message from Henley & Partners SA spokesperson Sandra Woest, who spoke to Fin24 about the release of Henley’s Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which is the world’s first index to rank the quality of nationalities worldwide.

It explores internal factors (40% of index) like the scale of the economy, human development, peace and stability as well as external factors (60% of index) like visa-free travel and the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome formalities. It is these facts, Henley explains, that make one nationality better than another in terms of legal status in which to develop its citizens talents and business.

Germany tops the ranking, with the UK ranked at 11 and the US at 28. The Democratic Republic of Congo lies at the bottom of the list, with Afghanistan and the Central African Republic the lowly runners-up.