The State of Qatar topped the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the fourth year in a row, according to the Global Peace Index Report for 2022. Qatar ranked 23 globally among 163 countries included in the report, advancing by six places over the previous year. It secured an overall score of 1.530 over many developed countries.
The Global Peace Index report issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in Australia, released recently (14 June 2022), is based on three main criteria. These include level of safety and security in society, extent of domestic and international conflict and degree of militarisation.
There are more other criteria related to the internal and external affairs of countries. Qatar maintained its high rank in several security indicators included in the report, including criminality in society, terrorist activity, homicides, safety and security, organised internal conflicts, terrorism and political stability.
Qatar has also maintained its lead in MENA over the past years (2019-2022), and secured advanced positions at the world level during the same period, achieving high ratings that outperformed many developed countries.
The table below shows Qatar’s position for 2022 compared to previous years:
Global Peace Index report
According to the report, Qatar’s top position in the Global Peace Index in MENA, and its advanced ranks at the global level, confirms the high level of security and safety that the State of Qatar enjoys – low crime rate and political stability – in addition to being free from terrorist activities and threats, both internally and externally.
Qatar remains the most peaceful country in the MENA region for the 15th consecutive year and is the only MENA country to be amongst the 25 most peaceful countries globally. Qatar only deteriorated in three of the 23 GPI indicators in 2022: refugees and internally displaced people (IDP), perceptions of criminality and weapons exports. Perceptions of criminality has deteriorated in the country, but the overall level of crime in 2022 remains low. Twelve indicators experienced no change in the last year, while eight improved.
The highest improvement occurred in the political instability indicator, which improved by 28.6%, the second largest Improvement of any nation globally.
The GPI also ranked Qatar first in the Arab world and 9th globally in the index of the safest countries and with societal safety, advancing by six global points over the previous year, making Qatar one of the ten safest countries in the world as it outperformed many countries like Austria, Sweden, South Korea, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Taiwan and others.
Crime prevention efforts have also extended to follow-up by the ministry’s security departments on social issues and work to find solutions to them in cooperation with the relevant authorities in order to prevent their aggravation and reduce their spread, as well as follow-up on complaints received by the ministry by its various media channels and directing them to the competent authorities.
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