By BBN Staff: According to the Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) Belize has ranked 88th out of a possible 160 countries surveyed, the third-lowest for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The QNI ranks nationalities based on both internal and external factors then scores countries out of a possible 100 points. The factors considered include such categories as economic strength, human development, peace and stability, visa-free travel, and the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome formalities. Belize scored a total of 31.4, coming in just over Guyana, which placed 89th with 33.6, and Jamaica, which did the worst in CARICOM, ranking 90th with a score of 32.0.
The index has changed over the years and the rankings have remained relative to those changes. We note that in 2011 Belize ranked higher at 78th on the list with a score of 30.9, however, in 2016 Belize held the 90th slot with a score of 34.2.
Getting into the specifics, Belize scored a 27.0 on the External Value of Nationality Index, coming in at the 95th rank for that specific indicator. For the Settlement Freedom Index, Belize scored a 2.0 coming in at Rank 50 and for Travel Freedom, Belize scored a 52.0, coming in at the 81st rank for that indicator.
France, Germany and the Netherlands, took the top three spots respectively, while the Channel Islands placed last on the list.