All Third Countries With Highest Schengen Visa Rejection Rates Have a Few Things in Common

Every year, nationals of third countries that need a Schengen visa, file thousands to millions of applications. Their visa requests can be approved or rejected, depending on the criteria that Schengen members have.

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However, one thing that stands out is that countries with higher rejection rates do have something in common. Whether it be the immigration rates or visa applications filed, these countries are often highly likely to receive a negative response to their visa request.

Schengen.News has dived deeper into the matter and has concluded that nationalities with higher rejection rates or visas rejected can belong to one or more categories, as explained below:

Are More Likely to Come From Africa or Asia

In 2023, Schengen states rejected 1.6 million visa applications or 15.8 per cent of all visas. Rejection rates represent the share of visas that were denied compared to the total number of requests made.

According to data from Schengen Visa Statistics, six out of ten nationalities with the highest rejection rates in 2023 came from Africa.

In detail, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Senegal were on the list of countries with the highest rejection rates for 2023. Out of the total number of applications filed by these nationalities, Schengen states rejected between 57 and 41 per cent of all requests.

The list of nationalities with the highest rejection rates also includes Pakistanis, Syrians and Bangladeshis, all three originating in the Asian continent.

The rejection rate for Pakistani nationals was 48.2 per cent, showing that almost half of all applications (41,798 out of 86,698 visas) were rejected. Syria had a rejection rate of 45.9 per cent, while 42.8 per cent of all visas filed by Bangladeshis were refused.

Often Have Low GDP per Capita

Out of all ten countries of origin for the highest rejection rates in 2023, there was no available data for two of them, Pakistan and Syria, but the remaining eight countries all have low GDP per Capita.

According to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), GDP per capita, which is an indicator of economic growth, is as follows:

  1. Comoros ($1,380 or €1,290 economy production per person)
  2. Guinea-Bissau (€1019)
  3. Ghana (€2086)
  4. Mali (€840)
  5. Guinea (€1,543)
  6. Senegal (€1,777)
  7. Bangladesh (€2,479)
  8. Haiti (€1,814)

Out of all these eight countries, only Bangladesh has a higher GDP per capita, while all the rest have a GDP per capita that falls under €2333 ($2,500).

Have Higher Immigration Rates

Almost all nationalities included in this list also have some of the highest asylum rates in the EU.

According to data from the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA), Syrians have filed most asylum applications until April 2024. In total, Syrian asylum seekers have submitted 12,367 asylum applications. Bangladeshi asylum seekers also rank high – sixth internationally with 4,300 requests for asylum.

Nationalities with higher Schengen visa rejections have filed asylum applications, as the list below shows:

  1. Comorians (112)
  2. Bissau-Guineans (42)
  3. Ghanaians (187)
  4. Malis (2,154)
  5. Guineas (1,585)
  6. Senegalese (1,214)
  7. Bangladeshi (4,003)
  8. Haitians (1,191)
  9. Pakistanis (2,084)
  10. Syrians (12,367)