Cyprus: Rising no. of migrants 'testing endurance' of infrastructure — Interior Minister

Local authorities in Cyprus have been struggling to cope with the growing influx of migrants who are being directed to the Kokkinotrimithia reception centre, footage from Thursday reveals. Kokkinotrimithia reception centre has been offering temporary shelter to migrants passing from Turkey to Northern Cyprus by boat. According to Cyprus' Interior Minister Konstantinos Petridis, Cyprus has... Еще offered protection status to some 8,000 people, while a further 7,500 cases are still pending. «These numbers are disproportionately large, and are testing the endurance of Cyprus' infrastructure, but also its capacity to accommodate such large numbers of migrants», he said. The minister said that the increase in the number of incoming migrants is due to «bigger and better organised human trafficking groups», which have been active in the area. Petridis mentioned the possibility of «bipartisan agreements» with neighbouring countries, such as Lebanon, and stressed the importance of the European Union finding an equal solution that does not burden any further the countries already receiving migrants.

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