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01-10-2018 14:11 | Read 448 times

Cyprus ‘could be the target for more refugees’

Three refugee-laden boats were intercepted off Cyprus last week, and more could reach waters off the TRNC as some two million people flee embattled Idlib in Syria, a leading lawyer and human rights advocate warned on Friday.

Cyprus ‘could be the target for more refugees’

By Yasemin Gülpınar

Legal adviser to the United Nationals High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Fezile Osum said: “People forced to flee their war-torn homeland come to our island because of its geographical location and despite its lack of rights for refugees.

“They have no other choice than to try to enter the nearest refuge, which is often Cyprus. However, as winter approaches, boat travel is more difficult due to harsh weather conditions, although we have seen boats reach our shores in October and even November.

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