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Over 135,000 Third-Country Nationals Were Refused Entry at EU External Borders in 2020

The European statistics provider, Eurostat, revealed that a total of 137,840 third-country nationals were refused entry at the external borders of the European Union in 2020.

However, the number of denials of entry in 2020 is still very low compared to the previous year. In 2019, EU member states denied entry to 670,795 non-EU nationals.

Of all the EU countries, Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Slovenia had the highest rejection rates in 2020, reports.

According to Eurostat, Hungary refused entry at its external borders to 36,500 third-country nationals in 2020, thus, it topped the list. Figures show that the number of those denied entry to the country has risen dramatically as in 2019 Hungary refused entry to only 14,40 third-country nationals.

Hungary is followed by Poland, which refused entry to 28,130 non-EU citizens at its external borders. Differently from Hungary, Poland had more denials of entry in 2019. In 2019, Poland denied entry to 65,425 third-country nationals.

The two countries mentioned above are followed by Croatia with 14,710 rejections, Romania with 12,570 rejections, Bulgaria with 4,685 rejections, Germany with 4,210 rejections, and Slovenia with 4,260 rejections.

It was revealed that such a large number of third-country nationals were denied entry to the EU because they either did not have a valid travel document, did not have a visa or residence permit or had submitted false travel documents.

Of the total number of third-country nationals refused entry at the external borders of the European Union, 4,310 of them did not have valid documents. In addition, 790 people submitted false documents, and 10,955 people did not have a valid visa or residence permit.

However, there were some EU countries, such as Luxembourg, Austria, Cyprus and Slovakia, that had lower entry refusal rates.

Luxembourg refused entry to only five third-country nationals in 2020. During the same year, Austria refused entry to 310 third-country nationals, followed by Cyprus with 360 and Slovakia with 435.

Eurostat clarified that the total number of denials refers to all denials of entry made at land, sea or air borders.

The European Union uses its external borders to control the movement of people from countries outside the union. Through these checks, they make sure to combat any form of risk or threat that may affect the security of the member states.

The EU authorities explained that “border control includes not only searches of people at border crossing points and monitoring between such border crossing points, but also an analysis of risks to internal security and threats that may affect the security of external borders.” .

Thus, in accordance with it, it is necessary to maintain the conditions, standards and detailed rules governing checks at border crossing points and border controls, including checks in the Schengen Information System (SIS).

Previously, Eurostat revealed that 8 percent of children living in EU countries are non-citizens. Germany, France, Italy and Spain have the largest number of non-citizen children.

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