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Illegal residents in EU drop an annual 37%, down 71% from 2015 peak

July 9, 2018 at 4:42pm
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In 2017, 618,780 non-EU citizens were found to be illegally present in the EU — down by 37% compared with one year before (983,860) and by 71% when compared with the peak of 2015 when the total number of non-EU citizens found to be illegally present stood at 2,154,675, Eurostat said on Monday

The EU Member State which reported the largest number of non-EU citizens found to be illegally present in 2017 was Germany (156,710), followed by France (115,085), Greece (68,110), the United Kingdom (54,910) and Spain (44,625). These five Member States together accounted for 71% of all those found to be illegally present in the EU.

The total number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave EU territories increased by 4.5% to 516,115 in 2017 compared with 493,785 in 2016.

The EU Member State which reported the largest number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave its territory in 2017 was Germany (97,165), followed by France (84,675) and the United Kingdom (54,910). Only those three Member States recorded double-digit shares of persons ordered to leave EU territories in the EU total (respectively 19%, 16% and 11%).

In 2017, 188,905 non-EU citizens who had been issued with an order to leave the territories of an EU Member State were returned outside of the EU; a reduction of 17% when compared with a year before, when there had been 228,625 non-EU citizens returned to a non-EU Member State.

Germany reported the largest number of non-EU citizens returned to a third country (44,960), followed by the United Kingdom (29,090) and Poland (22,165).

In 2017, some 439 505 non-EU citizens were refused entry into the EU at one of its external borders, up 13% compared with 388 280 in the previous year.

Nearly half of the total number of refusals were recorded in Spain (203 025), with the next highest numbers in France (86 320) and Poland (38 660); together these three EU Member States accounted for three quarters (75 %) of the total number of non-EU citizens refused entry into the EU in 2017.