Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 11/04/23


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According to the Refugee Law, residence permits for both refuges and subsidiary protection beneficiaries provide the right to remain only in the areas under the control of the Republic of Cyprus, therefore excluding beneficiaries from the right to remain or even visit areas in the north of the island that are not under the control of the RoC.[1] Other third-country nationals who are resident in Cyprus either as visitors or under some form of residence, employment, or student permit have the right to visit the areas in the north.

The law also permits dispersal schemes, but these have never been implemented.[2]




[1] Article 18A and 19(4) Refugee Law.

[2] Article 21(1Γ) Refugee Law.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation