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Cyprus has the biggest immigration problem in the EU, says Erotokritou

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    Στην Κύπρο το μ&epsilon ;γαλyτερο μεταναστευτικo πρoβλ ημα στην ΕΕ, λΕει η ΕρωτοκρΙτου

    Christiana Erotokritou participated in a session of the Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    Cyprus, as a semi-occupied and small-sized country, with limited resources at its disposal, faces the biggest immigration problem among the member states of the European Union (EU), said the Member of Parliament Christiana Erotokritou, who participated in session of the Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Paris.

    Speaking about the immigration issue in Cyprus, in the context of a session of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the KSSE, Mrs. Erotokritou informed the members of the Committee that approximately 5% of the population of Cyprus consists of asylum seekers or people with international protection status and mentioned to the methodical channeling of a large number of irregular migrants from Turkey through the occupied territories under the control of the Republic of Cyprus.

    He also pointed out the arrivals of a large number of migrants by sea, mostly from Lebanon, stressing at the same time that as a result of the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the continued occupation of part of its territory, Cyprus knows very well what refugee and displacement means.

    He also underlined the positive steps that have been taken for better management of the immigration issue by the Republic of Cyprus, through the enhanced cooperation with the European Commission and the European Border and Coast Guard Organization (Frontex) and emphasized the importance of continuing, but also strengthening support for the Republic of Cyprus from the European institutions.

    Pointing out that in the Eastern Mediterranean region Lebanon hosts the most refugees, especially Syrians, Mrs. Erotokritou argued that the financial assistance of the EU towards Lebanon, as is done in the case of Turkey, with the aim of better managing the increased flows to the country.

    Finally referring to the networks of illegal migrant trafficking, Mrs. Erotokritou emphasized that the EU does not focuses as it should on the fight against organized crime that traffics in human lives, which is a necessity to reduce migration flows.

    At the same time, he said that the EU must take deterrent measures and take action to the holistic treatment of the crime of human trafficking that actually takes place and to combat cross-border organized crime in this area.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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