Refugees and Migrants
Asylum Seekers: According to the latest UNHCR data in Cyprus, in 2020, a total of 7,036 people applied for asylum, a decrease of 44.7% from asylum seekers in 2019 (12,724). The top ten countries of origin of asylum seekers in Cyprus from January to December 2020 are: Syria, India, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria Nepal, Georgia and Egypt.
Subsidiary Protection: In 2020, 172 people received refugee status and 1512 received subsidiary international protection status. The vast majority of them are Syrians, who receive subsidiary protection status (1404).
The five main nationalities of people receiving international protection from 2002 to December 2020 are: Syrians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Iranians and Somalis.
Of the total number of asylum applications processed since 2002, 20.7% received international protection. The majority were given subsidiary protection status.
Meet the refugees. Take a stand against racism.
Refugees living in Cyprus are trying to rebuild their lives, a process that is not easy. Τhey are living among us, with their families and friends and every year, in June, many people meet in Faneromeni Square and in other cities to celebrate World Refugee Day. It is an opportunity to get to know them and acknowledge their existence in order to learn about their culture and history, and even to try their food. And in return they have the opportunity to get to know the local population.