A total of 137,840 people were refused entry to EU countries by land, border, and sea in 2020. Although the number is higher, it is still 79.5% lower than it was in 2019, when a total of 670 were stopped. 795 people at the European Union’s external borders have returned.
According to data collected and submitted by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, the largest number of third-country nationals who were refused entry at external borders in 2020 were turned back at the Hungarian border, a total of 36,500.
Hungary is followed by Poland, whose authorities refused entry to 28,130 third-country nationals in 2020, then Croatia with 14,710 passengers.
Of these, 1980 were denied entry to the European Union after presenting a false visa or residence permit, and another 790 because they held false travel documents. Another 4,310 were refused entry for lack of valid documents, while 10955 did not have a valid visa or residence permit.
Eurostat data shows that in 2020, 1,835 people could not enter the EU because they had false travel documents, 5,710 people had fake visas or residence permits, 491,485 had no travel documents, and 30,140 did not have visas or residence permits. Residence permits.
At the same time, in 2019, the largest number of people denied entry was registered at the Spanish border, as state authorities prevented 493,455 citizens from outside the European Economic Area from entering its territory.
Statistics available since 2011 show that Spain has in fact been the number one refuser of travelers each year, accounting for nearly half of the total number of rejections.
Other countries with the highest number of rejections in 2019 include:
Poland – 65,425 UK – 18,275 Hungary – 14,240 Croatia – 13025
The reason for the low number of people being refused entry at the EU’s external borders is mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of the year, embassies and consulates abroad were closed, and the borders were also closed to travel from outside the bloc.
Due to the pandemic, the number of Schengen visa applications in 2020 also decreased by almost 83 percent, from 1,695,541 in 2019 to 2,923,365 in 2020.
According to Schengen visa statistics, the visa application rejection rate increased from 9.9 percent in 2019 to 13.6 percent in 2020.
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