News Local Reception centre for unaccompanied minors to go ahead

Reception centre for unaccompanied minors to go ahead

The government is going ahead with plans to set up a reception centre for unaccompanied minors at an abandoned military camp at Zygi, despite objections from the community.

To this end,  provision has been made in the 2019 budget for €750,000 for construction work.

The project provides for buildings at a total cost of  €1.5m.

Zygi community leader Georgia Michail is threatening action, as the community council wants to create a camping site at the location.

Under the law on refugees, the Republic of Cyprus has an obligation to care and safeguard the rights of unaccompanied minors — that is those under 18 who enter the Republic without a parent or guardian.

The director of the Department of Social Welfare is appointed their guardian on their arrival in the Republic. This renders her responsible to ensure they have shelter, food and care as well as health care and education.

There are currently 230 unaccompanied minors in Cyprus.

But anticipating an increase because of instability and war in the region, cabinet decided in March to build and operate a reception centre for 100 such children that will be run by the International Migration Organisation.

It also decided that part of the National Guard’s facilities in Zygi should be transferred from the Defence to the Labour Ministries.

Cabinet also decided to continue to work with financing mechanisms of the European Economic Area and the European Development Bank of the Council of Europe to help finance the reception centre.

There are currently four reception centres for unaccompanied minors, in Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol. The centre that operates within Nicosia Municipality is run by the NGO Hope for Children.

Read more:

 

https://in-cyprus.com/news/local/zygi-objects-to-housing-unaccompanied-children-refugees-in-abandoned-army-camp/

Top Stories

181 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

The Health Ministry announced 181 new COVID-19 cases on 27 October, out of 3,589 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 3,817. The break-down of new...

President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader to hold first informal meeting next Tuesday

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar will hold their first informal meeting on the 3rd of...

FM: Turkey’s actions not conducive to Guterres’ efforts over Cyprus

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Tuesday that Turkey’s illegal actions undermine peace and stability in the region and are not conducive to...

State Health Services Organization confirms hiring of nurses

The State Health Services Organization confirmed today to the nurses’ trade unions that the decision for the hiring of new nurses to man Hospitals...

200,000 rapid COVID-19 tests ordered

The Health Ministry announced that 200,000 antigen rapid COVID-19 tests have been ordered within the framework of the measures taken to manage the new...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...