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October 20, 2022

Number of Russians Entering EU Has Halved to 25,600 This

A total of 1,379 million Russian citizens have entered the European Union through its land borders since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

According to the latest data from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, about 1.341 million Russian citizens have returned to their country through the land borders with the EU, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“As in the previous week, the majority of the Russian travellers hold residence permits or visas to the EU Member States or Schengen Associated Countries, while others have dual citizenships,” the statement reads.

As Frontex explains, the partial Russian mobilisation has so far led to an increase in border crossings of Russian citizens mainly to visa-free countries and other countries that are easily accessible, including Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia.

Frontex has also revealed that the number of entries into the EU by Russian nationals were mainly men of military age aged 18-65. In addition, the same pointed out that this number is likely to drop further as the EU maintains stricter measures in the visa policy, while the Russian authorities created recruitment offices near the border crossing points.

Frontex data also show that in the past week from October 3 to 9, about 25,600 Russian citizens entered the EU, which means half of the number a week ago.

In this regard, Frontex said that most Russians are entering the EU through the border crossing points of Estonia and Finland.

As of September 28, the agency has revealed that more than 1,303,000 citizens of Russia have entered the EU. At the same time, over 1,273,000 Russian citizens have returned to Russia through land borders with the EU.

According to Frontex, from September 19 to September 25, nearly 66,000 citizens of Russia entered the EU, which means more than 30 percent compared to the previous week. Most of them arrived in Finland and Estonia. During this period, Finland registered a total of 30,000 entries made by Russians.

Moreover, Frontex has claimed that most of the Russians who have entered the EU have residence permits or visas for EU member states and some others have dual citizenship.

In addition, it has recently been observed that EU Member States are also reporting the arrival of Ukrainian citizens who need temporary protection as they flee the occupied eastern region of Ukraine via Russia.

Thus, EU countries that are Russia’s neighbours — Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland have already imposed restrictions on Russian citizens, and on September 19, these countries imposed an entry ban on Russian citizens saying they would not issue more Schengen visas for them.