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What is the Value of Your Nationality?

Dimitry Kochenov

Migration is a widely discussed topic, but talking about migration also implies a ranking of the quality of nationalities worldwide. In the absolute majority of circumstances our nationality plays an important role in establishing a highly irrational ceiling for our opportunities and aspirations. Our nationality is a random act of birth boasting no correlation with any person’s achievements, ideas, feelings and desires. To gauge the opportunities and limitations that our nationalities impose on us, we need to know both the internal value of nationality, which refers to the quality of life, and the external value of nationality, which identifies the diversity and quality of opportunities that nationalities allow us to pursue outside our countries of origin. Dimitry Kochenov measured the quality of world nationalities based on a set of clear and transparent criteria; the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI). Would you like to know how your nationality performs in comparison to others? Are you interested to know your life chances and limitations, the local, regional and global opportunities and mobility of your nationality?

Dimitry Kochenov holds a Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and is also the Chairman of the Investment Migration Council, Switzerland. He has held numerous fellowships and visiting professorships worldwide, including at Princeton University US (Crane Fellowship in Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School), NYU Law School (Emile Noël Fellowship), Boston College Law School (Senior Clough Fellowship), Osaka Graduate School of Law, and a Visiting Chair in Private Law (citizenship) at the University of Turin (Italy). He publishes widely on different aspects of comparative and European citizenship law, and migration regulation, and consults for governments and international organizations on EU Constitutional Law and citizenship issues. Prof. Kochenov’s latest edited volume is EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

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