Government condemns attacks on migrants

The government has condemned violent outbreaks in Chlorakas, Paphos, following a demonstration against the community’s “ghettoisation” that turned hostile. Government spokesperson Constantinos Letymbiotis said Monday: “We cannot but condemn the incidents that

Police swoop on human smuggling rings

Police arrested four Syrian men during a large-scale operation to dismantle a migrant trafficking network in the early hours of Wednesday across Cyprus. According to information obtained by the Financial Mirror, four

60 migrants rescued off Cyprus

Cypriot authorities rescued 60 migrants after receiving information their boat was in distress 15 nautical miles off the eastern Mediterranean island’s southern coast at Cape Greco, Ayia Napa, officials said. The Joint

Over 4,000 illegal migrants sent home

More than 4,000 third-country nationals have been repatriated so far this year, accounting for over 85% of those who arrived illegally in 2023, according to the Police Aliens and Immigration Unit (AIU).

Cyprus acts to contain migrant flows

An increasing number of Syrian refugees arriving by sea has alerted authorities as they step up efforts to contain irregular migration from the war-torn country by excluding Syria nationals from a voluntary

17 more migrants arrive from Syria

Cypriot authorities intercepted a boat carrying 17 Syrian migrants off the island’s southern coast at Cape Greco, Ayia Napa and brought it safely to shore. Police said that members of the coastguard

Cyprus urged to prevent ill-treatment of migrants

Europe’s anti-torture monitor urged authorities in Cyprus to act proactively to ensure there’s no ill-treatment of irregular migrants during failed repatriation attempts. The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture

Asylum seeker returns almost double

Returns of failed asylum seekers this year had exceeded 4,370 and are significantly higher than in 2022 when they were 2,353, Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou said. On Thursday, he met Nina Gregory,

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