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Draft bill provides reduced timetable for examination of asylum seeking applications

Legislation under draft provides that the timetable for examination of asylum seeking  applications is changed along with the registration of applicants in the overcrowded “Pournara” reception centre.

And for those asylum seekers who fail to comply with the country’s rules and regulations a penalty will be introduced, Philenews reported on Tuesday.

The Law Commisioner’s Office’s proposed bill  basically recommends that the deadline for examining an application both hierarchically and in Court will be reduced and the physical presence of the applicant in court room will now be required.

Above all, the electronic card of the applicant will be cancelled if he/she violates rules and regulations and all benefits cut.

At the same time, all services involved will be linked electronically so that mistakes of th past are not repeated.

Law Commissione, Louiza Christodoulidou Zannetou said this is a complicated project which is as difficult as it is essential for the Republic of Cyprus.

Especially nowadays when the number of asylum seekers has reached 6% of the population.

There are currently 28,392 pending asylum applications before the Asylum Service and 7,771 pending cases before the Court of International Protection.

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