A revamped migration policy is currently in the works, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris announced on Monday, reiterating the striking numbers of incoming migrants and refugees compared to the European migration hotspots.
In statements following the Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace on Monday, Nouris noted that refugees and migrants in Cyprus amount to 3.8 per cent of the population, while the European migration hotspots, such as Greece and Italy, are recording figures below 1 per cent.
“A new migration policy that is being drafted by the Ministry of Interior will very soon be placed before the Cabinet, in an effort to curb the flows,” Nouris said, according to the Cyprus News Agency.
In addition to the considerable influx of refugees who enter the Republic via the Green Line, Nouris said, the most pressing issue at present involves the proliferating flow of economic migrants.
Nouris added that Cyprus has reached out for assistance from the EU, which has given assurances that logistical support and assistance in resettlement will be provided promptly.