The number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave or returned has increased in the EU on average, but decreased in Hungary, Eurostat data show.
“In the second quarter of 2022, there were 96 550 non-EU citizens ordered to leave an EU member state, and a total of 23 110 were returned to another country (including the other EU Member States) following an order to leave,” according to recently released data by Eurostat. In both cases, this represents a 16 percent increase in absolute numbers compared with the previous quarter.
Compared with the same quarter of 2021, the number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave the territory of EU member states rose by 15 percent and the number of people returned to another country increased by 11 percent, the statement adds.
In Hungary’s case, the number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave the country has decreased: it was 415 in the second quarter, 610 in the first and 1085 in the second quarter of last year. The number of third-country nationals returned following an order to leave was 420 in the second quarter, 435 in the first and 815 in the second quarter of last year.
France reported the largest number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave its territory in the second quarter of 2022: 33 450 people, representing more than one-third of the total (35 percent).
In terms of citizenships of the people ordered to leave an EU Member State territory, Algerians (8 170) represented the biggest share of the total (8.5%), followed by Moroccans (7 235), Albanians (6 640), and Pakistanis (6 260).
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