Frontex report: 20 citizens of BiH denied entry to EU as they were considered to pose a threat to EU Member States

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The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as Frontex, published the Risk Analysis 2018 report, which reads that a total of 3,775 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina were banned from entering the European Union in 2017 for various reasons. 

Frontex analysts reported that the total number of illegal border-crossings into the EU dropped in 2017 to its lowest in four years, especially due to a fall in detections on the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkan routes.

The annual total of 204,700 illegal border-crossings marked a significant decrease compared to recent years, but not yet a return to the situation before 2014, when figures ranged between 72,000 and 141,000 detections.

Refugee camp near Athens, Greece, in December 2016 [Photo: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS]

Frontex report reads that a total of 183,548 persons were denied entry to the EU in 2017, which is 15 percent less than in 2016.

Among a total of 3,775 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina who were denied entry to the EU are those who: had no appropriate documentation justifying the purpose and conditions of stay (1,262); did not have sufficient means of subsistence in relation to the period and form of stay, or the means to return to the country of origin or transit (866); were persons for whom an alert has been issued for the purposes of refusing entry in the Schengen Information System (SIS) or in the national register (635); had no valid travel documents (612); had already stayed for three months during a six months period on the territory of the EU Member States (241); had no valid visa or residence permit (116); were considered to be a threat for public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of one or more EU Member States (20); had a false or counterfeit travel document (6); and had a false or counterfeit visa or residence permit (4).

When it comes to the number of those who have been denied entry because they were considered to be a threat to one or more EU Member States, Bosnia and Herzegovina (20) is ranked tenth in the world, behind Russia (1,177), Belarus (942), Morocco (252), Albania (234), Ukraine (134), Serbia (33), Brazil (31), Turkey (25) and Moldova (22).

According to media reports, representatives of European institutions are hoping that the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will help increase security measures to a higher level.

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Together with EU-Lisa and Europol, Frontex is already preparing for the implementation of ETIAS, whose core function will be to provide an additional layer of control over travelers by determining the eligibility of all visa-exempt non-EU nationals to travel to the Schengen Area. Frontex will host the Central Unit of ETIAS, which will help improve internal security, limit public health risks and identify persons who may pose a risk before they arrive at the EU’s external borders”, wrote Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.