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This is the latest country report update, written by the Cyprus Refugee Council for the Asylum Information Database (AIDA) which is coordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). The report tracks developments in the areas of asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and content of international protection, against the backdrop of a significant increase in the number of people seeking asylum in the country.

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by ECRE, containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection across 23 countries. This includes 20 European Union (EU) Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, United Kingdom) and 3 non-EU countries (Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey).

The overall goal of the database is to contribute to the improvement of asylum policies and practices in Europe and the situation of asylum seekers by providing all relevant actors with appropriate tools and information to support their advocacy and litigation efforts, both at the national and European level. These objectives are carried out by AIDA through the Country reports, Comparative reports, Comparator, Fact-finding visits, Legal briefings and Statistical updates.

The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2021, unless otherwise stated.

summary of the report is also available in Cypriot Greek. This and previous reports are available here.

The European Network on Statelessness in partnership with its members has developed a new online tool called the Statelessness Index to assess how countries in Europe protect stateless people and what they are doing to prevent and reduce statelessness.

The Statelessness Index is the first tool to provide comprehensive and accessible comparative analysis of European countries’ efforts to address statelessness. It has been developed as a tool for sharing good practice as well as raising awareness or focusing advocacy on areas that need improvement. The Index draws on extensive country by country analysis of law, policy and practice, which has been benchmarked against international norms and good practice and then assessed using five categories, ranging from the most positive to the most negative.

The country profile on Cyprus has been written by the Cyprus Refugee Council in partnership with the European Network on Statelessness and provides a comprehensive analysis on statelessness in the country. The online tool provides the possibility to compare how Cyprus performs in comparison with other European countries.

Please follow the link to find the report – https://index.statelessness.eu/country/cyprus

This report aims to highlight key areas of interest for employers, labour market stakeholders and policy makers regarding the employability of refugee population in Cyprus. Information often requested on behalf of businesses in relation to refugees’ employment rights and procedures is provided.  In addition, insights derived from data collected between 2019 and 2021 are presented to illuminate the professional and educational assets carried by refugees.

This report was produced by Manos Mathioudakis, Senior Social Advisor, and Integration Officer, and Annagrace Messa, Integration Advisor, at Cyprus Refugee Council. The information presented in this report was collected between 2019-2021, through the cooperation of the HelpRefugeesWork team with asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection, regarding employability issues.

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Addressing housing needs of vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees in the community” is a 12-month project funded by the Julia Taft Refugee Fund/ US State Department Embassy in Nicosia. The aim of the project is to reduce the risk of homelessness for vulnerable asylum seekers and holders of International Protection by identifying proper accommodation, assisting the target population in navigating through the housing market, and conducting outreach to relevant actors to expand available housing options.

As part of the Project’s activities, an extensive report was conducted based on the findings from implementation of the Project. The report elaborates on the refugee situation in Cyprus focusing particularly on reception and housing conditions of asylum seekers. It describes the current challenges, their impact on the refugee population, and concludes by presenting the Project’s findings and recommendations.

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This report was written within the frame of the EPIM funded project “Promoting and Establishing Alternatives to Immigration Detention in Cyprus”.

This report aims to map the current situation and to undertake a review of the alternatives that have been implemented in the EU and secondly, to become a useful tool for the identification of alternative measures that can be used in Cyprus. This report was published in November 2016.

Please follow the link to find the full report in Greek:  https://goo.gl/J5LLjw and the summary report in English: https://goo.gl/gudbxH

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