More failed asylum seekers being returned

Authorities are stepping up efforts to repatriate failed asylum seekers to alleviate pressure on reception centres and social welfare. According to police data, this year (up until August 19), 3,680 foreign nationals

Monthly first-time EU asylum applicants dip 28% 

In April, 54,145 first-time asylum applicants applied for international protection in the 27-member bloc, up 66% compared to a year ago (32,570) but down 28% from March (74,950). The decrease from March is attributed to the

Record year for asylum claims

Cyprus is creaking under increased migrant flows, said Interior Minister Nicos Nouris, arguing that asylum seekers are 5% of the population, as applications rise by 140%. Nouris blamed Turkey for putting Cyprus

Cyprus wants to suspend asylum applications

Cyprus said Wednesday it is suffering a “migration crisis” and seeks to suspend asylum applications to those entering the Mediterranean island illegally. President Nicos Anastasiades held an emergency meeting Wednesday with ministers


Cyprus progress in stemming illegal migrants

Interior Minister Nicos Nouris told MPs that Cyprus had prevented illegal immigrants from arriving by boat while clamping down on sham marriages. Nouris, who briefed the House Interior  Committee, said Cyprus ranks

Cyprus reviewed record asylum requests

In the first quarter, Cyprus issued 3,470 decisions on political asylum applications, a record number since EU records began in 2008, said executive director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Nina


Over 7,000 applied for Cyprus asylum in 2020

During the pandemic, Cyprus received more than 7,000 applications from asylum seekers last year with Syrians making up a quarter of the total, said Interior Minister Nicos Nouris. He held a video