Two hundred thousand immigrants come to the EU every year on simple scheduled flights

When we think of irregular immigrants and refugees, we immediately think of boats full of people arriving on our shores. However, many of them enter Europe by traditional means of transportation, planes, trains and ships, thanks to a tourist visa or even without the need for one. According to Brussels’ 2022 forecasts, refugees coming to the Union came from approximately 140 countries. In all of last year, 881,200 new protection requests were submitted in 27 member countries, and a significant portion of them came from countries with which Europe has visa exemption agreements. This rate increased from 15% in 2021 to 22% in 2022.

Of those who regularly entered the EU and then sought asylum and tried to stay, the majority last year were in Venezuela (5.7%), Colombia (4.8%), Georgia (2.9%), Ukraine (2.8%) and He came from Albania. (1.4%). The top five destinations in the EU for travelers from visa-free third countries in 2019 were: Spain (61.1 million), France (54.7 million), Italy (51.1 million), Germany (49.2 million), Greece (25.8 million), the second, of course, is the general number of ordinary tourists and travelers, but some of these people then try to stay on our continent in search of a better life. Especially among those arriving in countries such as France and Germany, which are among the main destinations of immigrants arriving at our borders.

The European Commission now wants to arm itself with new tools to ensure that visa waiver policies are not used to encourage irregular migration. “We must swiftly combat the abuse of visa exemptions, especially when they lead to irregular migration and risks to the security of the EU,” EU executive vice president Margaritis Schinas said. The EU currently operates a visa-free regime with 60 third countries. Citizens of these countries can enter the Schengen area without a visa for short-term stays not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.

The visa exemption suspension mechanism was implemented in 2013 to allow for the temporary suspension of the exemption in the event of a sudden and significant increase in irregular migration. But now this mechanism needs to be updated according to Brussels. Currently, the mechanism can only be activated in certain situations, such as a sudden and significant increase in irregular migration or security risks.

The proposed revision expands the grounds for suspension of exemption regimes by, for example, introducing the existence of citizenship programs for investors (programs that allow a person to obtain a passport from a State in exchange for investment). The reform then extends the duration of the current procedure and facilitates its promulgation in order to allow more time for the implementation of corrective measures. Finally, it strengthens the Commission’s monitoring and reporting obligations for all visa-exempt countries where problems have been identified.

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Source: Today IT