Africans “Furious” As Schengen Visa Rejection Rates Reach Up to 60%

African and Asian artists are finding Schengen visa rejection rates ‘unfair’, saying they are causing a ‘global apartheid’ and claiming that visas are being denied to certain countries that are least likely to afford them, such as African and some Asian countries.

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According to Schengen Visa Statistics, African countries like Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, and Ghana, in addition to Asian countries like Pakistan, have the highest rejection rates for Schengen visas in 2023, Schengen.News reports.

These countries have had more than half (between 57 and 46 per cent) of their visa applications refused. On top of that, the EU has generated up to €130 million through rejected visas in 2023, a majority of which come from African applicants.

Schengen Visas Are So Hard to Obtain That It Risks Affecting Cultural Diversity

Artists and athletes are impacted by visa rejections quite a lot, considering that denied visa cases have increased a lot in the last few years.

Lemn Sissay, a British poet and broadcaster, said that high visa rejections for African and Asian visitors convey the message that people of colour ‘are not welcome’ in the EU as well as the UK. He told The Guardian that this approach has become a serious problem.

Previously, the junior national football team of Cape Verde was set to play in Portugal. However, the latter rejected visas for 11 children aged up to 11 years old and four adults accompanying them. The main reason for this rejection was related to concerns about potential overstaying visa cases.

Edmilson Garcia, the President of the Board of the Common Visa Center (CCV), condemned the decision and said that it is baseless, as it does not provide sufficient evidence for visa rejection.

Top 10 Nationalities With Highest Rejection Rates

Out of all nationalities with more than 1,000 visa applications to Schengen states in 2023, six of them were African. Another three were Asian, showing that the list of the main nationalities with the highest rejection rates for the year is dominated by these two continents.

In conclusion, these ten nationalities have had the highest rejection rates in 2023:

  1. Comorians
  2. Pakistanis
  3. Bissau-Guineans
  4. Ghanaians
  5. Malis
  6. Syrians
  7. Bangladeshi
  8. Guineans
  9. Haitians
  10. Senegalese

On the other hand, countries that rejected most visas are led by France, which denied 16.3 per cent of all visa applications in 2023. In terms of rejection rates, Malta has the highest rejection rates (37.6 per cent).