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VIS searches for asylum purposes and for visa verification in the territory

VIS searches for asylum purposes and for visa verification in the territory

VIS searches for asylum purposes and for visa verification in the territory

According to data from the European Commission, the total number of applications for short-stay EU visas in 2015 was 15.4 million, decreasing from 16.7 million in 2014 (see figure 7). According to eu-LISA data, the number of visa applications registered in the VIS in 2014 was 5.5 million, while in 2015 (January-September) it was 6.5 million. Between September 2013 and September 2015, Member States made over 52.5 million searches in the VIS. The overwhelming majority of searches (98 %) took place at the borders. The general increase in the number of consultations of the VIS for visa verifications in the territory and for asylum purpose (see figure 8) indicates a greater role for the VIS in combating irregular migration and asylum abuse.
The Commission evaluation report of October 2016 found that the VIS has played a supportive role in the application of the Dublin Regulation. However, according to the eu-LISA, only a minority of Member States make use of the VIS for asylum purposes: Germany performed almost 45 % of the total searches reported, followed by Sweden with 34 % of all searches for asylum purposes

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