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Morocco tops list of non-EU citizens ordered to leave the EU in Q4 2023

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Moroccan citizens accounted for the highest proportion (8%) of non-EU citizens ordered to depart from EU territory in the last quarter of 2023, according to a new report published on Thursday by Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office.

In the fourth quarter of 2024, the report showcased that a total of 105,585 non-EU citizens were subject to such orders, representing a 15% decrease compared to the same period in 2022.

Out of this total, only 28,900 individuals were actually repatriated to another country following the issuance of the order, says the same source, indicating an 8% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.

However, in comparison to the same period in 2023, the number of expulsion orders from the EU territory only dipped by 2%, while the number of actual returns surged by 6%.

Excluding Moroccan citizens, The EU’s statistical office highlighted that Algerian citizens made up the second-largest portion of those instructed to depart from the territory of an EU country, comprising 7% of the total.

Following closely were Turkish and Syrian citizens, each constituting 6%. Citizens of Georgia and Afghanistan each represented 5% of the total.

Among those who went back to another country, the report stated that citizens of Georgia represented the highest proportion at 12%, followed by Turkish nationals at 8%, Albanians at 7%, and Moroccans, Algerians, and Moldovans, each at 4%.

When examining national data, the same source noted that France, with 35,175 orders, recorded the largest number of expulsion orders from the EU territory for non-EU citizens, followed by Germany with 12,650 and Greece with 6,925.

In terms of individuals repatriated to another country, Germany took the lead with 4,180, followed by France with 3,570, and Croatia with 2,430.

The EU’s statistical office reported that the majority of individuals who were returned in the fourth quarter of 2023, under a departure order, were deported to countries outside the EU, accounting for 77% of the total.

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