Fewer Migrants Ordered to Leave EU Countries in 2024, So Far

The number of people who have been ordered to leave the EU and return to their home countries or elsewhere has decreased by two per cent in the first three months of 2024.

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This means that the number of people ordered to leave was 2,070 fewer compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2023), Schengen.News reports.

According to the EU Office for Statistics, Eurostat, the number of people who were returned to another country has reached 30,570. This is up by six per cent compared to the previous quarter and up by 11 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Nearly 30 per cent of those who were ordered to leave the EU returned to another country within this period.

Most Orders to Leave Were Made by France & Germany

These two countries accounted for 47.9 per cent of all people ordered to leave the country in the first quarter of 2024. France issued 34,190 orders for non-EU citizens to leave the country, followed by Germany (15,400).

Other countries that ordered most people to leave include Belgium, Italy and Greece, ordering between 2,265 and 6,965 people to move elsewhere.

On the other hand, countries that issued the fewest orders include Slovakia with 140 people ordered to leave, followed by Slovenia (185)m Estonia (205) and Malta (210).

Moreover, France (4,205), Germany (3,950), and Sweden (3,135) recorded the highest number of people returning to another country.

Lithuania, Hungary and Latvia also had high levels of people returning to another country after receiving an order to leave. What stands out is that Latvia had the most balanced number of people ordered to leave and those returning – 375 were ordered to leave and 350 returned to another country during the first quarter of 2024.

Algerians & Moroccans Among Most Ordered Nationalities to Leave the EU This Year

Among the nationalities that were ordered the most to leave are Algerians and Moroccans, each representing seven per cent of the total. Others to follow include Turks, with six per cent, while Syrians and Georgians are listed fourth and fifth, each accounting for five per cent of all recipients of orders to leave.

As per those that returned to another country, Georgians lead the list, representing nine per cent of the total, followed by Albanians and Turks, each six per cent. Colombians, Moroccans, Algerians and Syrians all follow next, each representing four per cent.