A Schengen visa is a brief keep visa permitting its holders to journey within the Schengen space. It has change into an alternative choice to many Nigerians denied visas to the UK, Canada, and the US.
The Schengen space contains 26 international locations akin to Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
In comparison with 2017, Schengen uniform visa denials elevated essentially the most in Ghana. Two years in the past, Schengen embassies situated in Ghana reported 11,505 had been denied visas whereas in 2018, the quantity elevated by 59 % to 18,137 visa denials.
Nigeria and Ghana are usually not the one international locations affected by visa denials. The report additionally confirmed that Schengen embassies in Africa had been fairly selective throughout 2018 concerning approval.
Algeria claimed the primary spot because the African nation whose residents accounted for the very best variety of visa denials. As many as 323,203 visa candidates from Algeria obtained a damaging response following their visa utility.
The report reads, “Statistics revealed that there was a 15 % rise of visa denials in Algeria in comparison with 2017. Whereas many components may have performed a task, unlawful immigration in EU to which Algeria has been a significant useful resource is considered the most important driver that prompted Schengen embassies to implement a scrutinized visa coverage to Algerian candidates.
“Different international locations that adopted on this record of denials had been Morocco(116,498 denials), Tunisia(42,641 denials) and Sao Tope and Principe (29,686 denials).
Primarily based on official statistics collected from the EU Fee, greater than 1.6 million uniform visas had been issued to Africans throughout 2018.
Precisely 528,608 uniform visa candidates from Morocco had been granted a visa throughout 2018, based mostly on the statistics.
Algeria was positioned second on this record, however with a significant drop in comparison with 2017. In response to statistics, throughout 2017, a variety of 502,706 Algerian had been granted a uniform visa, whereas final yr the determine stood at 382,360 uniform visa grants. In share phrases, it meant that Schengen uniform visa grants in Algeria dropped by 24 % between 2017 and 2018.
Different international locations whose residents additionally claimed a excessive variety of Schengen visa approvals had been South Africa (214,491), Tunisia (186,247) and Egypt (7,325).
African nation Schengen visa approvals 2018 Annual change (%) Denied Visas 2018 Annual Change (%)
Morocco 528,608 +3 116,498 +24%
Algeria 382,360 -24% 323,203 +15%
South Africa 214,491 +7% 5,404 +26%
Tunisia 186,247 +9% 42,641 +23%
Egypt 147,325 +8% 37,899 +23%