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Cyprus involved over spike in arrivals of Syrian refugees from Lebanon | Information


Arrivals of Syrian asylum seekers have surged, with greater than 350 such arrivals recorded in two days.

Cyprus has expressed considerations a few rise within the irregular migration of Syrian refugees coming from Lebanon.

Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides on Tuesday mentioned it was “deeply regarding” that the irregular arrival of Syrian asylum seekers and refugees was constantly rising in current weeks, with greater than 350 such arrivals recorded in two days.

“I totally perceive the challenges Lebanon is dealing with, however exporting migrants to Cyprus shouldn’t be the reply and can’t be accepted,” he mentioned after a gathering with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola.

Cyprus, the EU’s easternmost state, lies simply 100 miles (160km) from Syria and Lebanon, and arrivals of asylum seekers from the previous specifically have surged in current months.

Lebanon, which is in financial disaster, hosts some 800,000 United Nations-registered Syrian refugees, however officers estimate the precise quantity is way increased, ranging between 1.5 and two million.

About 90 p.c of Syrian refugees in Lebanon dwell under the acute poverty line, in keeping with the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In proportion to its inhabitants, Cyprus has recorded the very best variety of purposes for asylum over current years when put next with different EU member states.

A mean of 30 folks per day have reached the island because the starting of the yr in keeping with statistics compiled by the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee physique.

Nicosia needs the European Union to think about declaring components of war-ravaged Syria protected, which might enable for the repatriation of asylum seekers arriving at neighbouring nations.

Syria has been in a state of struggle since 2011 after the protests broke out towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s authorities. Al-Assad regained management of two-thirds of the nation, with the assistance of his allies – Russia, Iran and the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah.

The northwest remains to be beneath the management of opposition forces.

Final month, EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas mentioned the European Union might strike a cope with Lebanon to stem the outflow of refugees and aslyum seekers, as Cyprus complained it was being inundated by a surge in arrivals from the Center East.

The EU has entered agreements with a number of nations to assist them cope with elevated migration burdens, and, in the end, to forestall a spillover into the 27 member states of the bloc. Rights teams have sharply criticised the pacts.

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