Asylum Refugees in Cyprus

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An excerpt from the book “Who Shall Govern Cyprus – Brussels or Nicosia?” published in 2003 as a forewarning to EU integration.

The refugee and immigration problem is bound to escalate in the future, mainly because the EU Commission intents to expand its family of nations in areas that has little to do with Europe. The Commission wants to take more countries under its wings based on the ‘Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’, inaugurated in Barcelona in 1995. The first two new countries under negotiation are Jordan and Syria, with which the EU agreed to establish regular political dialogue in order to create a free trade area between the parties. Step by step, the EU bureaucracy plans to expand its controls well beyond the European continent, which raises serious political questions of its true motives.

This expansion will also add additional problems for Cyprus. Being a prosperous island with a low population, the outcome of the Schengen Accord could prove to be more disastrous than anticipated. Located at the crossroads of Europe, Cyprus will become a great attraction for those who seek to enter Europe, using the island as a stepping-stone and a gateway to this land of opportunity.

Due to its strict immigration and border controls, Cyprus has escaped this ominous immigration and asylum problem, but it will soon change, once the effects of this borderless policy take control over the internal affairs of the country. In the last few years, Cyprus has experienced the first signs of ‘refugees’ dumped on its borders seeking ‘asylum’. The process has begun...

It is not unreasonable to assume that, when Cyprus becomes a full member of the EU, it may end up being the first dumping state for refugees and others en-route to Europe. Under the terms of the Maastricht Treaty, the government would be obliged to process all applications of those landing on its doorstep. The cost to the taxpayer would be astronomical, but what’s worse, the majority of those applicants may choose to remain on the island.

Once foreign nationals recognise that Cyprus is their gateway to Europe, thousands are likely to land on its borders year in and year out, in order to reach their destination. They will arrive in great numbers from North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, in search of prosperity and their vast numbers, for certain will strain the resources of the country.

Inevitably, when Cyprus does finally become a EU member, it will also have no choice but to accept among others, a flood of welfare recipients and cheats who will arrive on the island and live off the state. While basking in the sun, these people will demand their rights protected under the Social Charter that allows them to receive social support payments and housing allowances, at the expense of Cypriot taxpayers. A land without frontiers can only mean trouble in the future. Unfortunately, the Cyprus government and politicians have ignored all the clear signs of a possible calamity in waiting and have signed the accession Treaty for EU membership…”

On May 1, 2004 Cyprus became a full EU Member State!

Citizens were never consulted on a “yes” or a “no” referendum vote! Instead, misinformed politicians—and not held into account—decided on people’s behalf and today, the island has a severe and disturbing illegal asylum problem!

Considering its small population and small geographic size—it faces a worse EU migrant problem than any other EU member state. There are over 130.000 pseudo-asylum refugees—mostly young Muslim men—and economic migrants including pseudo-students who, once they land within EU boundaries, are by law, they are provided with cash allowances and housing facilities by the government, which amounts to millions upon millions at the expense of the taxpayer! Those migrants are systematically smuggled into the EU-Cyprus by human traffickers on a daily basis via the illegal Turkish-occupied northern part of the island or they come by rickety boats from Turkey.

If the current demographic trend continues—over 30.000 illegals each year—and is not averted soon, in about fifteen years the ancient Cypriot character of the island will be homogenized to become a problematic issue with grave consequences due to extremely rising nationalism. In fact, it has already begun- especially in the Paphos region!

Cyprus can in fact serve Article 5 to renegotiate its membership or Exit the European Union—if necessary—and take control of its own borders in the interests of Cyprus and no longer remain a puppet state controlled by the EU unelected bureaucracy; a bureaucracy that has so far dumped thousands of refugees on EU member-states but predominantly in Greece and Cyprus via Turkey.

Cypriots will go to the polls next month to elect a new President and yet none of the three leading candidates has come up with a proposal or a solution on how to stop the current migration time bomb that’s about to explode in their faces with dire consequences for Cyprus.

Andreas C Chrysafis

January 1, 2023