5 African Countries With the Highest Schengen Visa Refusal Rates

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One of the groups most affected by visa refusals is entrepreneurs. Hard-working businessmen who, depending on the region in which they were born, sometimes face a slowdown in business growth due to their inability to expand outside their borders.

This stifling of economic opportunities not only hinders the growth potential of African businesses, but also perpetuates a cycle of dependence on domestic markets.

In addition to seeking economic opportunities, some Africans from certain regions wishing to travel for vacation, study or simply for visiting purposes have had their visas refused.

There is also a feeling of isolation when being refused entry to a foreign region. Accordingly, concerted efforts must be made by governments to promote visa liberalization, streamline application processes and combat discriminatory practices.

The question remains as to which African countries suffer the most from this complication.

According to a recent report from Henley and partners, ranking the 10 countries in the world with the highest Schengen visa refusal rates, “Africa accounted for seven of the ten countries with the highest Schengen visa refusal rates in 2022.”

“Globally, the absolute number of Schengen visa applications fell from 16.7 million in 2014 to 7.6 million in 2022, representing a drop of almost 9 million applications. In other words, the global number of Schengen visa applications decreased by almost 54.7%. » » we read in the report.

However, “African visa applicants face more severe restrictions than applicants from other regions, resulting in a disproportionate rejection rate. In 2022, Africa topped the refusal list with 30%, or one in three applications processed, despite having the lowest number of visa applications per capita. » adds the report.

That said, here are the 5 African countries with the highest Schengen visa refusal rates.

Rank Country Schengen visa applications Schengen visa refusal Rejection rate

1.

Algeria

392,053

179,409

45.8%

2.

Guinea-Bissau

7,990

3,611

45.2%

3.

Nigeria

86,815

39,189

45.1%

4.

Ghana

42,124

18,363

43.6%

5.

Senegal

56,866

23,683

41.6%

The other 2 countries on the list are Guinea and Mali, with rejection rates of 40.6% and 39.9% respectively.

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