New asylum applications dip 50%

There was a 50% reduction in new asylum applications between March and October compared to 2022 as deportations increased, the Interior Ministry said. For the first time, the overall balance of arrivals-returns presents a positive

New asylum claims drop 33% but still high

The number of first-time asylum applicants in August dropped 33% in Cyprus, but despite the drop, Cyprus still had the highest ratio of asylum applicants per population. Meanwhile, according to monthly asylum


Cyprus first in EU for asylum returns

Cyprus ranks first among EU states for the highest percentage of returns of new asylum seeker applications, the Interior Ministry announced. It said the rate reaches 97% in returns of irregular migrants who


Cyprus speeds up asylum applications

Some 25 additional examiners have been hired by the Asylum Service to reduce processing times of applications, Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou said Monday. Ioannou said bolstering the service’s workforce was crucial to

Asylum applications drop 51%

For the first time in years, Cyprus has seen a shift in migrant arrivals and departures, as asylum applications have halved over the last six months, said Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou. During

Low approval rate of asylum claims

In 2022, EU countries granted protection status to 384,245 asylum seekers, up by 40% compared with 2021 (275,040), but in Cyprus, only 580 cases were granted (from 2,305), according to Eurostat. Of


Cyprus to speed up asylum returns

Nicosia is ramping up efforts to tackle the migration crisis, expanding reception centres, speeding up asylum seeker applications, and increasing voluntary returns to 1,000 a month, said Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou. In

Five Med states unhappy with asylum burden

Less than a week after a deadly migrant shipwreck off Italy, five European Union states on the Mediterranean have criticised fellow members for not accepting asylum-seekers under a voluntary relocation initiative. The

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