In 2020, about 137.8 thousand non-EU citizens were denied entry into the territory of the European Union.
Almost 10% of these refusals to enter were for Albanian citizens, the second in the world to be “expelled”, after the Ukrainians.
The data was released by Eurostat in a recent report on immigration law enforcement.
Eurostat reports that the highest number of non-EU citizens refused entry into the EU in 2020 was observed among Ukrainians (56,400), followed by citizens of Albania (13,300) and Moldova (10,200).
According to Eurostat, about 557.7 thousand turned out to be illegally present in one of the EU Member States. The number of non-EU nationals issued with an order to leave an EU Member State was 396.4 thousand persons.
23 thousand Albanians were ordered to leave, the third in the world
According to Eurostat, in 2020, around 396,400 non-EU citizens were ordered to leave the territory of EU Member States, 19% less than last year (491,200).
Among EU member states, France reported the largest number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave its territory in 2020 (108,400), followed by Spain (50,300), Greece (38,500) and Germany (36 300).
In 2020, the highest number of persons ordered to leave a territory of an EU Member State was observed among Algerians (34,000), Moroccans (33,600) and Albanians (23,200).
About 10 thousand Albanians returned
In 2020, about 70.2 thousand non-EU citizens for whom an order was issued to leave the territory of an EU Member State returned to non-EU countries; a decrease of 51% when compared to a year ago (142,300).
Germany reported the largest number of non-EU citizens returning to non-EU countries (12,300) in 2020, followed by the Netherlands (8,700), Greece (7,000) and France (6,900).
Albanians (9,800) topped the list of non-EU citizens who returned to a non-EU country in 2020, followed by Georgians (5,700) and Ukrainians (5,600).