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Cyprus seeks EU aid amid migration surge

Interior Minister calls for support as illegal labor crackdown intensifies


In response to increased migration flows, particularly from Syrians in Lebanon, Cyprus urges EU aid for Lebanon and steps up surveillance to prevent boat departures, Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou reports.

During an interview on SIGMA's "Protoselido" program, Ioannou emphasized the government's calls for practical support to Lebanon since last summer. He notes efforts, including appeals to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to involve Frontex in Lebanon, a request denied by the Lebanese interim government.

Crackdown on illegal labor

Ioannou highlights collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Labour to combat illegal labor since September. He references a recent notice clarifying that all asylum seekers, regardless of origin, cannot work for nine months after applying for asylum.


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