Visa-Freedom Has Causal Effect on Democracy Score, But Not on GDP, Researchers Find

Using retrogression analysis, PhD candidates in Political Science Ömer Zarpli and Uğur Altundal of, respectively, the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University have measured the effect of visa-freedom scores on democracy scores and GDP. Their findings point to a causal link – not just a correlation – between visa-freedom and democracy scores as measured by

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The First Passport to Offer Worldwide Visa-Free Travel

With visa-free access to 84% of the world, the Japanese passport is now the world’s most powerful. Could we soon see a time where some passports reach 100%? Christian NesheimEditor   The Japanese can visit no less than 190 out of 226 countries and territories, according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index, making their

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Analysis: Is the UAE Passport REALLY the World’s Strongest?

After we last week reported on the Arton Capital Passport Index’ ranking of the UAE-passport as the world’s strongest, a number of readers wrote in suggesting that the methodology by which the index had arrived at that conclusion had several important shortcomings. A note from the editor: Although I am frequently accused of doing so,

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UAE Now Tops Arton Passport Index, But 21st on Henley & Partners Index

The United Arab Emirates’ celebration of its 47th national day today coincides with its passport reaching pole position on the Arton Capital Passport Index. But on the Henley & Partners Passport Index, the UAE doesn’t even place in the top 20. What’s going on? “On the glorious UAE National Day, our achievements are getting doubled. The

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The Passport Index-Index – An Overview of Passport Rankings

If there’s one thing the investment migration industry isn’t short on, it’s passport rankings. We’ve put together a handy overview of passport indices and CBI-program rankings (alphabetically ordered). While there’s a great deal of overlap between them, each ranking relies on a different methodology to evaluate citizenships and, by extension, passports. No wonder so few

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Thirst for Tourists Driving Global Trend of Increasing Travel Freedom

Henley & Partners last week issued a second-quarter update on its Henley Passport Index, showing Japan is now alone at the top of the table for number of visa-free destinations, narrowly beating Singapore and Germany. While Japan’s ascent to pole position is perhaps not remarkable, it’s interesting to note how a global trend in mobility

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Brookes: Stop Measuring a Passport’s Strength by Number of Visa-Free Countries

This article was contributed by Gareth Brookes I was flying back into Dubai the other evening and read an interesting article claiming that the UAE’s passport strength could one day overtake that of the UK. It was a very bold statement – presumably the article’s purpose – and it certainly got me thinking. I began

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Singapore and Japan Knock Germany off Top-Spot in the Henley Passport Index

Press release via Henley & Partners: Japan and Singapore have knocked Germany off the top spot of the Henley Passport Index, with citizens of both Asian nations now enjoying visa-free access to a record 180 destinations. The German passport has topped the travel freedom index — updated in real-time as visa-policy changes come into effect —

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Henley & Partners Revamp Their Passport Index – Will They Take Back the Index Throne From Arton?

In an article earlier this year titled Index Mania: How to interpret the recent deluge of citizenship rankings, I surmised that, while Henley & Partners’ Visa Restrictions Index was the original citizenship ranking, Arton Capital’s Passport Index had grown to surpass its older sibling in popularity and functionality, and was now the leading such ranking. Back

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Release: Germany Takes Top Spot in 2018 Henley & Partners Passport Index: UK,China, Russia Improving

Press release via Henley & Partners: Germany holds on to 1st place on the Henley Passport Index (henleypassportindex.com) for the fifth year running, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 177 countries in total, up from 176 countries in 2017. Singapore ranks 2nd globally on the 2018 edition of the index, with visa-free access to 176 countries, while eight

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Singapore Takes Pole Position in Arton Capital’s Passport Index

While near the top of the ranking for many years, Singapore until recently had to settle for a silver medal in the competition to have the world’s best passport, as measured by Arton Capital’s popular Passport Index. This year, though, Paraguay removed visa-requirements for Singaporean visitors, thrusting its passport into the lead with a visa-free

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Index Mania: How to interpret the recent deluge of citizenship rankings

Opinion of the editor: It appears every investment migration company worth their salt is publishing some form of citizenship index these days. Otherwise, who would take them seriously, right? But the quality of these indices differs widely. Some are genuinely useful and informative, others are self-serving and methodologically unsound, and others yet have, shall we

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