Immigration: Statistics Reveal Schengen Consulates Received Over 16 Million Applications in 2018

Immigration: Statistics Reveal Schengen Consulates Received Over 16 Million Applications in 2018

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Schengen Visa Statistics - 2018Another slightly over 16 million applications have been lodged at the consulates of the 26 Schengen Member Countries all across the globe in 2018.

The most recent Schengen statistics reveal that the number of applications has decreased once again. In 2018, 0.9% less Schengen visa applications were lodged for processing compared to the previous year.

In 2017, there were as many as 16,155,613 applications received, 6.3% more than in 2016, when there were only 15,192,556 applications. In fact, the number of Schengen uniform visa applications has been decreasing for five years now, except for last year.

Data shows that while the refusal rate in 2017 was 8.2%, in 2018 it increased to 9.6%, which means 16.5% more applications were rejected.

The most important highlights of these statistics are as follows:

  • Russian citizens filed 23% of the overall number of Schengen visa applications processed by Schengen consulates in 2018.
  • Applications from China and India have increased. The latter has surpassed the 1-million-mark for the first time.
  • The Finnish consulate in Saint Petersburg has been the busiest, having received over half a million applications within 12 months.
  • France remains the top favorite country for Schengen visa applicants. Its embassies have received almost twice as much as Germany’s, which is second in the list.
  • Malta, Belgium and Portugal have the highest Short-stay visa rejection rates.
  • Nationals from African countries received most negative answers in their applications, with Nigeria leading the list.
  • About 66 thousand uniform visas have been issued at external borders; the Netherlands and Spain top the table in this regard.
  • Once again, over half of limited territorial validity visas were issued to Kosovars.

The Schengen Area consists of Europe’s most developed countries. While the nationals of 62 world countries do not need a visa to the Schengen Area for short stays, the rest of the world citizens should obtain a Schengen visa before they make a trip here.

For country-specific data and more detailed information visit the new Schengen Visa Statistics Portal.

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