A total of 298 Syrian refugees – 201 men, 25 women, 72 children – are currently being hosted at Kokkinotrimithia reception centre, Civil Defence Commander Andreas Frantzis said Monday.
A total of 305 migrants arrived in Cyprus on September 9 on board two boats, one at Latsi port and the other at Kato Pyrgos Tyllirias, on the northwestern coast of the island.
It was one of the largest numbers of migrants to arrive by boat in a single day.
Frantzis told CNA that Civil Defence officers offered food, water and other essential items to the irregular immigrants who were given first aid treatment and taken to Polis Chrysochous police station in order to collect their personal data and register them.
One woman and her new born baby were taken to hospital while the police arrested five people in connection with the illegal arrival of the immigrants.
The others were transported by bus to Kokkinotrimithia reception centre, where they are now accommodated in tents.
After medical tests and finger printing the migrants will be asked whether they want to submit an asylum application or not.
- Cyprus received 302 boat migrants in first six months
- Migrants favour other EU Med states over Cyprus
- Boatloads of refugees to come ashore at Latchi
Those officially registered as asylum seekers and who secure health documents will be able to enter the Republic of Cyprus and stay until their applications are processed.
This is the fourth arrival of migrants to Cyprus since the beginning of July.
The Interior Ministry plans to enhance the government’s capability of addressing the irregular migrant flows.