EU: A total of 503 EU citizens have been wrongly put on the Schengen Information System under Article 96

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Article 96 allows aliens to be refused entry. It concerns data placed on the SIS "relating to aliens who are reported for the purpose of being refused entry" by a member state (from its own state or other EU states). The grounds include "a threat to public order or national security" (Art 96.2). In April 2005 the Heads of national units (SIRENE Bureaux) "were kindly requested to check their national data and to delete the respective data from the system". In June 2005 a report from the Schengen Joint Supervisory Authority recommended that member states: "prevent Article 96 alerts on nationals from EU Member States."

Yet a check on 16 February 2006 found 503 citizens from the EU and associated countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) register under Article 96. Top of the list was Switzerland with 389 people registered - which perhaps begs the question whether the people registered are protesters at the World Economic Forums held in Davros, Switzerland? For the full list see: EU doc 7005/05 (pdf).

Article 96 is primarily used to exclude from entry "illegal aliens" including refugees deported from the EU, See: Three-quarters of a million "illegal aliens" banned from Schengen area and Report of the Schengen Joint Supervisory Authority on an inspection of the use of Article 96 alerts in the Schengen Information System (pdf). See also: SIS II fait accompli? Construction of EU's Big Brother database underway

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