In a study recently from GoEuro, the most powerful passports were revealed. The power of a passport was based on visa free access, cost of the passport and the length of validity.
Among the top five were Sweden, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. Among the lowest were Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
What do these passport powers have to do with International Relations? A quick glance at the top five and lowest five list show thematic groupings based on development, World Health Statistics index and overall power in International Relations.
A powerful passport demonstrates not only areas of visa access, cost and validity but also how much power a country enacts on an international scale.
Would making passports equal and free to travel between states affect power in international governing bodies such as the United Nations? By reinventing this process there would be the freedom of mobility and migration and thus shift power relations and injustices based on immigration. Are the standards by which we judge a passport (and therefore, a citizen of a specific country who carries that passport) based on inequality and injustice?
These are important questions to ask as the top powerful passports of the list are notoriously developed; prosperous and international stakeholders with many freedoms and developments not shared with the lowest five.
a passport and the power it holds is a direct reflection of a countries
influence, prosperity – despite injustices and inequalities that represents.
The full list and article can be found at this link: