Everyday thousands of people enter the EU with border guards working around the clock to protect borders and national security. In 2019 alone, consulate member states processed almost 17 million applications for short-stay visas to the Schengen area submitted by non-EU citizens. Of the 446.8 million people living in the EU, 20.9 million (4.7%) are non-EU citizens.
Pioneering the development of the Entry/Exit System for the EU makes it possible to process the millions of people coming to the EU every year. Rather than having immigration officers manually process arrivals and departures, embracing biometric technology streamlines this process.
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