EUROPE’S DOCUMENT AND IDENTITY FRAUD STATISTICS
The frequency of rejected entry owing to phoney papers across the EU demonstrates the scale of document and identity fraud, and hence the necessity of FADO.
Eurostat statistics indicate the number of people who were barred from entering each EU Member State between 2010 and 2019 because they had forged travel papers, visas, or residence cards, as determined by FADO.
The most important features and details are discussed below.
TOTAL NUMBER OF REFUSED ENTRIES TO THE EU
The total number of people refused entry into an EU country due to a fake travel document, visa, or residence permit increased from 5,050 in 2010 to 7,545 in 2019.
Notably, the number of persons stopped from entering the EU with fake travel papers declined from 2,585 in 2010 to 1,835 in 2019, but the detection of fake visas and residence permits grew from 2,465 to 5,710.
It is also worth noting that increases and decreases do not follow a straight line. The discovery of forged visas and resident permits fell to 2,100 in 2013, before rising again to its 2019 high.
Similarly, despite a decreased trend during the time, there was a modest increase in bogus travel papers in 2018 compared to the preceding two years.
COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF REFUSED ENTRIES
By examining national statistics, it is feasible to determine which EU Member States are most afflicted by attempted identity theft and bogus paperwork.
FALSE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
France is the member state that has rejected access to the majority of those who have a fake passport or other fraudulent travel document.
The largest number was reported in 2018, when 885 persons were discovered to be carrying forged travel papers. In 2019, the figure fell to 515, a significant improvement.
Nonetheless, this is much greater than the second-highest country, Hungary, which recorded 305 occurrences in 2019.
On the other end of the spectrum, neither Norway nor Iceland has had to refuse entry to foreigners attempting to enter the country using forged travel documents.
FALSE RESIDENCE PERMIT OR VISA
Ireland has by far the biggest number of rejected admissions due to fake visas or resident cards. In 2019, Ireland accounted for 4,940 of the 5,710 rejected entry registered across the EU.
Spain and France are the Schengen nations most impacted by bogus visa and residency permit usage, with each dealing with hundreds of instances each year.
During that time, the number of persons seeking to enter France with a forged visa or residence card has decreased by half, from 330 in 2010 to 155 in 2019. Statistics in Spain, on the other hand, have been rather consistent, with 200 instances recorded in 2010 and 195 in 2019.
No one was denied admission into Norway, Iceland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, or Liechtenstein because they had a fraudulent visa or residency permit.