LIBE Committee to assess the exceptional migratory situation in Cyprus

11-04-2022 - 17:46
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On 21 April 2022, from 13.45 – 15.00, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold an exchange of views on the migratory situation in Cyprus.

The exchange will take place in the presence of Mr Costas Constantinou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms Beate Gminder, the Deputy Director-General in charge of the "Task Force Migration Management" Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, and Ms Sara Prestianni, Head of Thematic Programs Migration and Asylum of EuroMed Rights. It aims at assessing the current situation on the ground.

Since the beginning of 2022, more than 1,300 asylum seekers have entered the territory controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, while 19,000 asylum applications are still pending from last year. The reception centers on the island are overcrowded and people live in difficult conditions.