In the Schengen Information System (SIS), the security authorities of the Schengen countries share information on searches for persons and objects in the European Union (EU). Germany is responsible for about 15 percent of the enquiries.
All 27 EU member states participate in the Schengen Information System (SIS II). In addition, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland participate in the international exchange. Searches for persons make up the significantly smaller part of all requests, with about one million entries. Most of the requests are for assistance in tracing objects. Up to 1 January 2023, 85,398,322 requests were formulated in this area. In relation to the size of the population, German officers make below-average use of the information room in the search for persons. About 100,000 enquiries came from the Federal Republic. The second largest EU country, France, on the other hand, makes almost three times as many requests. More than 200,000 enquiries were also received from Italy.
The Federal Republic of Germany, however, plays a prominent role in the search for objects. Of a total of about 85 million enquiries, about twelve million can be traced back to Germany. However, France and Italy also take the top positions in this area.