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New York Times: Asylum Seekers Find a New Route to Europe [through Cyprus]

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New York Times, 28 January 2020

This article doesn’t mention Afghans or Afghanistan, but it describes another facet of the ongoing refugee crisis at the gates of Europe: “The number of asylum seekers in Cyprus was five times higher in 2019 than it was four years ago, unlike in the rest of the [EU], where those numbers have tapered off markedly since 2015. (…)

Although some asylum seekers reach southern Cyprus by air or by boat from Lebanon, Syria or Turkey, an overwhelming majority come overland from the north [the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus], the authorities say. An unknown number of migrants languish in northern Cyprus… The authorities in the north periodically crack down — and they do not offer asylum or refugee status — but they also tolerate many.”