EASO and Cyprus extend Special Support Plan for country’s asylum services
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the Government of Cyprus have signed a new agreement that will see the Agency’s Special Support Plan (SSP) extended until 31 January 2019, with additional amendments to its tasks.
Cyprus - IOM yesterday (22/02) conducted its first family reunification in Cyprus in coordination with Cyprus’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners. The joint action reunited a 7-year-old Syrian girl with her father, mother and siblings.
The girl travelled from Syria via Jordan, where IOM Amman provided her with airport assistance and an escort for the journey. She was reunited with her family at Larnaca International Airport last night (22/02).
GENEVA/NICOSIA (1 February 2016) - Cyprus has seen many positive developments concerning the treatment of people in detention, but still faces several challenges, particularly regarding the independent monitoring of places of detention and the treatment of migrants, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) has said after visiting the country.
Nicosia, 11/12/2015. “The readiness of Cyprus to receive asylum seekers in the context of the EU relocation scheme is promising. However, I remain seriously concerned about the grave shortcomings of the national asylum system. The authorities need to redouble their efforts to improve reception conditions and fully align domestic asylum procedures with European human rights standards” said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of his five-day visit to Cyprus.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is making a EUR 5 million contribution to the Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) recently established by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). This is the largest donor contribution to date. EIB President Werner Hoyer and CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel signed the contribution agreement today at the CEB’s headquarters in Paris.
Thousands of migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, attempt to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, often in unseaworthy vessels, and hundreds have died at sea. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war, in March 2011, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself.
Detention of migrants and asylum-seekers in Cyprus
“They said… they will detain me for another six months and then let me go again for another three months. They think this is OK but it is not.” K, an Iranian migrant and mother of three children and whose asylum claim has been dismissed, speaking to Amnesty International in January 2012.
The surveillance of Europe's southern borders has become a regional priority. The European continent is having to cope with the relatively large-scale arrival of migratory flows by boat from Africa, reaching Europe mainly through Italy, Malta, Spain, Greece and Cyprus.