Number of asylum seekers in Cyprus in 2019 rises to 130%

Cyprus is facing an “extremely challenging” situation with an unprecedented increase of over a 130% in new asylum applicants since last year, said Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides. 

Petrides told the 5th Conference of the Red Cross Small European National Societies, that for the third year in a row, Cyprus remains the top receiving Member State per capita of migrants.

He said that in 2017 the annual increase in asylum applications was over 50% while 2018 demonstrated a further sharp rise in migratory flows of 69%.

Petrides said faced with the enormous challenges of irregular migration, the Red Cross has an extremely important role to play.

The Cyprus Red Cross Society provides humanitarian support to migrants arriving by sea, with the distribution of food and clothes.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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