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EU acknowledges migrant issue in Cyprus

The Commission referred to the need for sanctions against airline companies carrying illegal migrants

Source: CNA

Cyprus' Interior Minister, Nicos Nouris, expressed his satisfaction because EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, acknowledged before the EU Home Affairs Council the need to support Cyprus, as it is faced with the biggest migration influx issue.

Nouris, who made a statement following the Council that took place in Prague on Monday, said that for the first time the Commissioner referred to the need for sanctions against airline companies carrying illegal migrants.

He said that we cannot but feel optimistic that we are not alone against Turkish threats and that we can rely on EU initiatives for burden-sharing.

Nouris also said that the European Commission praised Cyprus for managing to repatriate approximately 3,000 migrants in the first 6 months of 2022.


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