Sisters from Cameroon have been admitted to the University of Cyprus

UNHCR calls for Cypriot universities to offer study opportunities to young refugees By Marios Demetriou 18-year-old sisters from Cameroon, Ruddy-Alocha EBUA (Nicoletta) and Edith-Britney Ade (Dimitra) living in Nicosia are waiting impatiently for a beautiful summer, expecting to come in September and begin their studies at the Department of French and European Studies of the […]

Smugglers are one step ahead

It looks like the cat and mouse game, an endless, that is, chasing of life and death. Refugees and migrants want to come to Europe either because they have been persecuted from their homelands or because they want a better future. In front of them they find closed borders and an increasing aggression. Europe for […]

The dream of Balqees from Somalia

After her graduation from Larnaca Technical School last night, a dream became a reality for the twenty-year-old Balqees from Somalia, who lives as a refugee in Cyprus. “Today a dream I’ve always had become a reality. You might wonder how graduation from high school could be a dream, but for me it is – that […]

Damtew Dessalegne: We need as much as ever refugees

Refugees need us more than ever before, says the representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cyprus Damtew Dessalegne, stating that we need to combat xenophobia and intolerance collectively. It is the responsibility of everyone, and especially the political leaders, to challenge those who demonize refugees, those who view diversity as […]

85 children are in foster families

The need to strengthen the institution of foster care for children in Cyprus was discussed yesterday by the Parliament’s Human Rights Commission. As Annita Demetriou pointed out, today there are some anachronistic laws, while the whole issue of underwriting is covered by internal regulations of the Social Welfare Services. At the same time, Mrs Dimitriou […]

Homelessness is becoming an increasing issue for asylum-seekers in Cyprus

23 April 2018, Nicosia Cyprus (UNHCR) – A disturbingly high number of asylum-seekers in Cyprus who have fled persecution and violence in their home countries are facing risk of homelessness, destitution and desperation because of critical shortcomings in the national asylum and reception policies. UNHCR is aware of a number of homeless men, women and […]

Cyprus granted protection status to 1300 asylum seekers in 2017

The member states of the EU granted protection status to 538.000 asylum seekers in 2017, while Cyprus has granted protection status to 1300. The 28 member states of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 538.000 asylum seekers in 2017, 25% less than in 2016, according to the statistic service of the EU, Eurostat. […]

55% of Cypriots considers inclusion measures for migrants as an investment

The majority of  Europeans believe that  integration actions of  immigrants are a necessary long term investment, according to a poll of the Eurobarometer which was published in Brussels. Particularly 69% of  Europeans and 55% of Cypriots believe that integration actions are a necessary long term investment and a similar approach of the analogue projection as […]

Migration and their effect in Cypriot economy

Migration has a misconceived interpretation in economies and the last years the effort of its restriction through stricter actions, becomes more intense. If migration isn’t harmful and if it is beneficial, then why is there a negative reputation around it? The truth is that the nationalist element sometimes creates a negative effect on the idea […]

Interview: Matina Zisiadou – Coordinator of the ‘’Aware’’ campaign

Nobody becomes a refugee by choice. No one leaves his land and life, nobody leaves his for no reason. Desperate people from all over the world-either because of war or due to poverty- look for a better life, safer living conditions, a future that will be different than the one in their countries. Cyprus can […]