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Cyprus Internet Directory [ EU presidency official discusses asylum issues in Cyprus ]

EU presidency official discusses asylum issues in Cyprus

BELGIAN State Secretary for Migration and Asylum Policy Melchior Wathelet has said that Cyprus has the biggest number of asylum seekers in the EU, in relation to its population.

Speaking after talks with Interior Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis yesterday, Wathelet, visiting the island, said that Cyprus, since it joined the EU in May 2004, has to deal with much bigger challenges than in the past.

He thanked Nicosia for its support of a common asylum system by 2012 and for backing the relevant EU law, adding that these matters are priority issues for the six-monthly EU rotating presidency which Belgium now holds.

Cyprus, he said, has undertaken many responsibilities and adopted measures to accelerate the asylum procedures for different categories of asylum seekers.

Wathelet also said that he expects that the forthcoming EU ministerial justice and home affairs council will discuss solidarity among member states and the shared burden of asylum issues.

Speaking to the press after his talks, the Cypriot Minister said that EU asylum policy must be accompanied by the practical application of the principles of solidarity and equal distribution of responsibilities when it comes to asylum seekers.

Sylikiotis said asylum applications have dwindled in the past few years, noting that the challenge Cyprus is facing today is the high number of recognised political refugees.

“Cyprus needs EU financial support and support in the implementation of its policies,” he added.

Cyprus, which has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, faces a big problem with asylum seekers, many of whom are filtered through the northern, Turkish-occupied areas to the southern Government-controlled part of the country.

Peace talks are currently underway between the island’s two communities in a bid to find a negotiated settlement to reunite the country.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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