460 foreigners told to leave Latvia in second quarter of 2022

During the second quarter of 2022, a total of 460 non-EU foreigners were ordered to leave Latvia, according to new data published by Eurostat.

The number is sharply up on the 295 persons told to leave during the first quarter of the year.

300 of those given their marching orders in the second quarter were males. 

The 460 pointed towards the exits included 55 Russian citizens, 30 Ukrainian citizens, 20 Belarusian citizens, 15 United Kingdom citizens, 10 from Vietnam, 5 from India and 5 from Turkey.

For comparison, 260 persons were told to leave Estonia and 840 were told to leave Lithuania during the same period.

In the second quarter of 2022, there were 96 550 non-EU citizens ordered to leave an EU Member State, and a total of 23 110 were returned to another country (including the other EU Member States) following an order to leave. In both these cases, this represents a 16% increase in absolute numbers compared with the previous quarter. 

Compared with the same quarter of 2021, the number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave the territory of EU Member States rose by 15% and the number of people returned to another country increased by 11%. 

Among the EU Member States, France reported the largest number of non-EU citizens ordered to leave its territory in the second quarter of 2022: 33 450 people, representing more than one-third of the total (35%). France was followed by Greece (8 750), Germany (8 275), Italy (6 020) and Austria (5 385). 

Compared with the previous quarter, Italy was the EU Member State that registered the highest increase in the number of people ordered to leave (+2 215%), jumping from 260 in the first quarter of 2022 to 6020. Croatia also almost doubled in the same period, from 2 675 to 4 830. 

This information comes from data on enforcement of immigration legislation published by Eurostat.

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