Enforcement of immigration laws in the EU: 2021 figures – Products Eurostat News

In 2021, 139,000 third-country citizens were refused entry to EU territory while 681,200 were found to be in an irregular situation in one of the EU Member States. The number of third-country nationals who received an order to leave an EU Member State was 342,100. Following an order to leave, 82,700 third-country nationals were returned to another country (including including other EU Member States).

This information comes from data on immigration law enforcement published today by Eurostat. The article presents a selection of results from the more detailed Statistics Explained article.

Source datasets: migr_eirfs, migr_eipre, migr_eiord1, migr_eirtn1

Non-EU citizens refused entry to the EU: +1% compared to 2020

In 2021, some 139,000 third-country citizens were refused entry to the EU at any of its external borders, up 1% from 137,800 the previous year.

The highest number of entry refusals in 2021 was reported by Hungary (34,700), followed by Poland (26,200), Croatia (14,200) and Romania (11,000).

Citizens of Ukraine accounted for the highest number of refusals in 2021 (50,200). Next come Albanian (18,600) and Moldovan (9,100) citizens.

Non-EU citizens residing illegally: +22% compared to 2020

In 2021, approximately 681,200 third country citizens were in an irregular situation in the EU. This is up 22% compared to 2020 (557,500).

France reported the highest number of third-country citizens in an irregular situation in 2021 (215,200), followed by Hungary (134,100) and Germany (120,300).

Syrians accounted for the largest number of illegal residents in the EU in 2021 (79,800). The next highest figures were recorded for Algerian (56,800) and Afghan (52,800) citizens.

Non-EU citizens ordered to leave EU member states: -14% compared to 2020

In 2021, some 342,100 third-country nationals were ordered to leave the territory of EU Member States, a decrease of 14% compared to the previous year (396,400).

Among EU member states, France reported the highest number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave its territory in 2021 (125,500), followed by Germany (31,500) and Greece (28,800) .

In 2021, the highest number of people ordered to leave the territory of an EU Member State was observed among Algerians (26,400), Albanians (22,000) and Moroccans (21,800).

About 82,700 third-country nationals sent back to another country

In 2021, some 82,700 third country citizens returned to another country following an order to leave the territory of a specific EU Member State.

France reported the highest number of third-country nationals returned in 2021 (14,400), followed by Germany (10,300) and Sweden (9,300).

Ukrainians and Albanians (9,400 each) top the list of non-EU citizens deported to another country in 2021, followed by Georgians (5,400) and Pakistanis (3,200).

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