The population of North Cyprus has reached 351,000, according to Turkish Cypriot media reports.
In 1983, when the TRNC was declared to be a state, the population in the north was said to be 155,521.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen reported that Odul Muhtaroglu, permanent secretary of the State Planning Organisation said that by the end of 2017, “we predict a population of approximately 351,000”.
According to Cyprus-Mail, the last census taken in the north under the auspices of the UN in 2011 found the population to be 294,906, although the results were disputed by some political parties, unions and media which accused the government of deliberately undercounting the population.
The north’s first official census was carried out in 1996 recording a population of 200,587.
The second in 2006 put the population at 265,100, with 178,000 Turkish Cypriot citizens of which 80 per cent were indigenous. The figure for non-citizens, including students, guest workers and temporary residents stood at 78,000.
During the Cyprus negotiations, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades had reached an agreement at the end of 2015 that distribution of population numbers following a solution would be 220,000 under Turkish Cypriots administration and 800,0000 under Greek Cypriot administration.
Also on Monday, demographic figures released in South Cyprus showed the population to be at 854,800 at the end of 2016 compared with 848,300 the previous year, an increase of 0.8 per cent.