Rabat- Morocco placed 123rd, with a score of 26.1 percent, in the 2017 Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), issued by the Henley and Partners, the world’s leading resident and citizenship planning firm.
The index ranks the quality of nationalities worldwide, covering 168 countries, on the basis of both the internal factors, such as economic strength, human development, and peace and stability, as well as external factors, including visa-free travel and the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome processes.
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the index shows that Morocco came second in North Africa after Tunisia, which scored 28.3 percent and occupied the 110th ranking globally. While the kingdom ranked seventh in the Arabic-speaking region’s list, the UAE came in first, displacing Israel for the first time on the QNI and clinching the 46th place globally. According to the QNI report, the Emirati nationality made a significant leap forward, as its holders received visa-free travel access to the Schengen Area in 2016.
Like the previous editions of the QNI, the European countries maintain the top spot in this ranking. The French nationality topped the list as being the world’s best nationality, earning a score of 81.7 percent out of a possible 100 percent, fractionally ahead of Germany, which was knocked off the top spot for the first time in seven years, with a score of 81.6 percent, with Iceland following closely with a score of 81.5 percent.
The QNI also divides the nationalities of the world into five quality-based tiers — Extremely High Quality, Very High Quality, High Quality, Medium Quality, and Low Quality — giving a very clear picture of the standing of each nationality in the world based on a percentage scale.
The Moroccan nationality features in the Medium Quality category, among other nationalities such as the Algerian and Egyptian nationalities, with a score between 20 percent and 34.99 percent.