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Investment Migration Climate Resilience Index

A unique new analytical tool to assist global citizens and investors seeking to improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change through investment migration. Assess your country’s climate resilience and explore the residence and citizenship by investment program options available in order to make strategic, data-driven choices about where best to live, study, conduct business, invest, and retire — now and for future generations.

Investment Migration Climate Resilience Index


The Global Climate Resilience study includes 180 countries, which were assessed in terms of their climate resilience to arrive at a Climate Resilience score of between 0 and 100. 

  • Countries scoring between 0 and 44.9 are classified as Lower Resilience.
  • Countries scoring between 45.0 and 59.9 are classified as Medium Resilience.
  • Countries scoring between 60.0 and 100.0 are classified as Higher Resilience.

The Investment Migration Climate Resilience Index features the 15 countries hosting residence or citizenship by investment programs that are the most resilient to climate change, namely those that fall within the Medium Resilience and Higher Resilience bands, with Climate Resilience scores of 45.0 or higher.

Climate Resilience scores

The study aimed to provide an overview of the climate resilience of the 180 countries for which complete data was available from the perspective of global investors by taking into account each country’s wealth in addition to its vulnerability to the impact of climate change and its readiness to adapt thereto. 

The framework comprises parameters pertinent to high- and ultra-high-net-worth investors who are considering investment migration programs in countries that are more resilient to climate change to mitigate their personal climate risk.

A country’s Climate Resilience score consists of three parameters:

  1. Readiness score - one of two dimensions of the University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative ND-GAIN Index, which evaluates a country’s preparedness to make effective use of investments for adaptation actions by having a safe and efficient business environment
  2. Vulnerability score - one of two dimensions of the University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative ND-GAIN Index, which represents the predisposition of human society to the negative impact of climate hazards
  3. GDP score - the average of a country’s normalized GDP and GDP per capita scores. In order to minimize the impact of extreme outliers, before normalization, observations were winsorized with 0.95 and 0.05 percentiles. The latest data (namely, 2020 data) is used, with the exception of four countries, where pre-2020 data was used owing to the lack of more recent data: Eritrea (2011), Syrian Arab Republic (2019), Turkmenistan (2019), and Venezuela (2014).

Each parameter consists of a matrix of between one and two sub-parameters (numeric values or the score in nature) that relate to the specific topic, analytical focus, and end-point of their parent parameter. Sub-parameters are numeric values or scores that are constructed based on quantitative or qualitative data from a range of reputable, publicly available sources. 180 countries in total are included as countries with missing values for one or more scores were excluded.

After the data was gathered, Climate Resilience scores were calculated for 180 countries based on the formula:

Total Climate Resilience Score = (Readiness + (100 - Vulnerability) + GDP) / 3

As mentioned above, the range was divided into three bands based on the Climate Resilience score: 

  • 0-44.9 = Lower Resilience (142 countries globally)
  • 45.0-59.9 = Medium Resilience (23 countries globally, including 8 investment migration countries)
  • 60.0-100.0 = Higher Resilience (only 15 countries globally, including 7 investment migration countries)

Among the sources Deep Knowledge Analytics consulted are Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative’s ND-GAIN Country Index, and The World Bank Group’s GDP (current US$) and GDP per capita (current US$) data.

All the data available in the Investment Migration Climate Resilience Index is licensed by our licensor, Deep Knowledge Analytics Limited. Henley & Partners Group Holdings Ltd is not responsible for its correctness. The data posted in the  Investment Migration Climate Resilience Index is freely accessible for private non-commercial use only.


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