OREANDA-NEWS  The European Commission has shared statistics on applications for Schengen visas for 2023. It is published on the Schengen Visa Info portal.

According to the organization, Russia has entered the top countries in terms of the level of refusals in the Schengen area. Belarus, Turkey and Iran were also included in this list. It is noted that the percentage of refusals among Russians increased from 10.2 to 10.6 compared to 2022, among Belarusians — from 1.9 to 3.4, among Turks — from 15.7 to 16.1, and among Iranians — from 25.2 to 30.3.

The source indicates that in 2023, applicants were refused less often than in 2022: a total of 16 percent of applications were rejected (this figure was 17.9 a year ago).