According to the Refugee Law, the Head of the Asylum Service withdraws refugee status if it is found that:
– The misrepresentation or omission of facts, including the use of false documents, on behalf of the person, was decisive for the granting of refugee status;
– The person should have been or is excluded from being a refugee in accordance with the exclusion clause under Article 5 of the Refugee Law;
– There are reasonable grounds for regarding the person as a danger to the security of the Republic; or
– The person concerned constitutes a danger to the Cypriot community, having been convicted by a final judgment of a particularly serious crime.
Regarding beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, the status is withdrawn if the Head of the Asylum Service finds in retrospect, based on events that are revealed, after the status has been granted, that the misrepresentation or omission of facts, including the use of false documents, on behalf of the person, was decisive for the granting of subsidiary protection status.
The same procedure as that for Cessation is followed.
There is no available data on the number of withdrawals of international protection in 2018 or 2019. There are no statistics or information available on the success rate of appeals or legal aid applications against withdrawal decisions.