News Local Interior Ministry to update migration and asylum policy

Interior Ministry to update migration and asylum policy

The Ministry of Interior’s new migration and asylum policy will be based on three pillars aiming to deal with an upsurge in irregular migrants, Phileleftheros reports.

It said the move appears to be an attempt to manage increased inflows and to allow the competent authorities to prioritise refugees arriving from war-stricken Syria, whom the state treats as the most vulnerable, over economic migrants from countries such as Georgia, Cameroon, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

In particular, the measures involve

  • expediting the review process of applications
  • the creation of an enclosed hospitality centre for temporary accommodation while applications are being processed so that would-be applicants know in advance that their movements will be restricted
  • securing help from EU-member countries to manage the workload

Data from the Asylum Service show that in 2019 there was a 325% increase in the arrival of asylum applicants  in 2019 compared to the year before with 80% coming from occupied north Cyprus across the Green Line.

Meanwhile, the Kokkinotrimithia hospitality centre is being expanded to increase capacity, for which assistance has been requested by the EU Asylum Service.

The new policy will soon be tabled for discussion before the Council of Ministers.

Since 2009, Cyprus has granted protected status to some 9.200 individuals. Some 17,000 asylum applications are understood to be still pending.

Read more:

https://in-cyprus.com/cyprus-to-launch-a-new-migration-and-asylum-policy/

Top Stories

Eight new coronavirus cases detected out of 2,893 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 8 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

Omonia: 60 people to self-isolate due to covid case

Omonia's delegation, that travelled to Athens for the first match with Olympiakos in Faliro in the context of the Champions League playoffs (0-2 defeat),...

Two journalists stabbed near Charlie Hebdo’s old offices – France opens anti-terror probe

France opened an anti-terror investigation after two journalists were stabbed in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine...

UK’s Tesco blocks bulk-buying of toilet roll and flour

Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco will prevent customers from bulk-buying flour, pasta, toilet rolls and anti-bacterial wipes to prevent a re-run of the COVID-19 stockpiling...

COVID-19: Average age in Cyprus is 39 (tables)

Here are the infographics, by the Ministry of Health, with statistics on the course of the coronavirus until September 22nd. The average age in...

Taste

Sheftalies

Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...

Souvlakia

Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...