Cyprus takes ac­tion to stem il­le­gal mi­gra­tion

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Cyprus will im­pose ad­di­tional con­trols on cross­ings at nine check­points along a UN­con­trolled buf­fer zone on the di­vided is­land. In a bid to stem il­le­gal mi­gra­tion, Cyprus’s In­te­rior Min­is­ter Con­stanti­nos Petrides said on Wed­nes­day that any third-coun­try cit­i­zens who en­ter Cyprus through its break­away north­ern third will not be per­mit­ted to en­ter the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised southern part. Only Greek Cypri­ots, Turk­ish Cypri­ots, Euro­pean Union cit­i­zens and asy­lum seek­ers will be ex­empt. Mr Petrides said po­lice and the Cypriot Na­tional Guard have been told to step up pa­trols along the buf­fer zone. EU mem­ber Cyprus says it is strug­gling to cope with a re­cent mi­grant in­flux.

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