Frontex presented statistics on Ukraine for 2017
As stated in the recent Risk Analysis released by Frontex on 20 February 2018, for the three months post-visa liberalization (July-September 2017), the size of the passenger flow of Ukrainians heading to the Schengen area increased by 15% compared with the same period one year before.
According to the report, in 2017, most of the document fraud cases at land borders were reported between Ukraine and Poland (519), mainly involving Ukrainian nationals holding fraudulently-obtained Polish visas. However, the visa liberalization regime for Ukrainian nationals, which entered into force in June 2017, had also contributed to the decrease in the number of Ukrainians misusing fraudulently obtained visas. On exit to third countries Ukraine remains the most reported destination, followed by Canada. Typically, land borders with Ukraine are affected and as regards the air routes, mostly Canada is targeted as the intended final destination. At the land border with Ukraine, most detections concerned counterfeited stamps to conceal overstaying.
Ukrainians are also among top ten nationalities on such indicators as detections of illegal stay, the number of refusals of entry, issued return decisions and effective returns.
The report also touches on the topic of the Black Sea route. It stated that it was temporarily used in 2017, with 537 migrants detected on the Black Sea between August and November, accounting for the highest number of migrants ever detected on this route since 2009.
The full report is available at the following link.