Cyprus asks EU help to relocate 5,000 asylum seekers

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Cyprus has asked the European Commission to help relocate 5,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries as the island nation struggles to accommodate an influx of migrants.

POLITICO reports that in a letter sent to Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and other EU members, Cyprus’ Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides described the gravity of the migration situation on the island and said that a lack of cooperation from nearby Turkey has made finding a solution more difficult.

In the letter, seen by POLITICO, Petrides also urges “all Member States to submit their pledges for relocating 5,000 persons from Cyprus.”


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