New wave of Syrian refugees expected on the island

A new wave of Syrian refugees from Turkey is expected in the coming weeks, South Cyprus authorities say, after over 300 migrants arrived in two boats at the weekend.

Reportedly “thousands of people are waiting in line” to get on a boat from Turkey and a new influx of refugees is expected next month.

To date, 761 refugees, mostly Syrian have arrived in the south from Turkey.

On Sunday night, two boats crammed with 305 Syrian refugees arrived in Cyprus, one of the largest group landings of migrants to the island since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011.

The vessels are believed to have departed from Mersin, as they were were tracked sailing to the north-west of the island.

Although Cyprus is the closest EU member state to Syria, many fleeing the war have largely avoided the island because it has no direct easy access to the rest of the continent.

In September 2014, the single largest group of refugees, numbering 345, arrived since the Syrian war began.

Cyprus Weekly

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