Between 2018 and 2019, Ukrainian citizens were 25% more likely to be denied entry into the Schengen area, i.e. from 53,185 to 66,390. These data were published by the European Commission in the third report assessing compliance with visa requirements with the Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans.

At the same time, the document notes that the number of Ukrainian citizens recognized as living illegally in the Schengen area has increased by 11% (from 37,410 to 41,705).

In 2019, 9,505 Ukrainian citizens applied for asylum in the Schengen area, which is 5% less than in 2018.

In the first quarter of this year, 1,570 asylum applications were registered only.

At the same time, the European Commission determined that Ukraine has been meeting the criteria necessary for the functioning of the visa-free regime with the European Union.

Bohdan Marusyak

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