In a recent post (How Strong Is Your Passport?), I reviewed some of the findings from the Henley Passport Index. In that post, we looked at which passports provided the greatest access to other countries, which were the weakest, and which had climbed the most over the last year.
While there have been a few countries that seemed to take a more isolative stance in immigration, there is continuing movement towards greater visa-free access overall. This highlights a global desire of governments to increase global mobility and their access to foreign migration.
Dr. Christian H. Kälin, group chairman of Henley & Partners, said, “These findings reflect the fact that, while certain countries are tightening their borders, most are in fact becoming more open, as they seek to tap into the immense economic value that tourism, international commerce and migration can bring.”
From a global talent accessibility standpoint and a global mobility function perspective, this is a positive trend.
Dr Kalin continued, “Malta, for example, offers the top-ranked investment migration program globally, and the country also scores very highly on the index, holding the world’s ninth most powerful passport and offering visa-free access to 169 countries.”Austria also makes it into the top 10, with access to a total of 174 countries. Cyprus is not far behind in 17th place, with 159 countries accessible visa-free.”“Alternative citizenship represents the most direct route to global mobility, connectivity, and access.“Individuals who have multiple passports benefit from each country’s best practices and are less vulnerable to its risks and shortcomings.“The Henley Passport Index is relevant to anyone seeking to strengthen their level of access as well as to governments trying to understand their passport power in a global context.”