Overview of statistical practice
The Asylum Service, a department of the Ministry of Interior, is the authority responsible for asylum-related statistical collection in Cyprus. The below statistics have been provided by the Asylum Service.
Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2020
|Applicants in 2020||Pending at end 2020||Refugee status||Subsidiary protection||Rejection||Refugee rate||Subs. Prot. rate||Rejection rate|
Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers
Source: Asylum Service. The number of applicants does not include subsequent applications. The number of pending cases at the end of 2020 refers to 19,660 applicants, i.e. 18,995 applicants at the Asylum Service and 665 applicants of the cases returned from the Refugee Reviewing Authority (RRA) to the Asylum Service.
Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2020
|Total number of applicants||19,660||–|
Source: Asylum Service.
Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2020
Refugee Reviewing Authority: Statistics provided by the Refugee Reviewing Authority (RRA) refer to 863 decisions taken in 2018, just over 900 decisions in 2019 and in 941 decisions in 2020. A breakdown per type of decision is not available. Furthermore, 432 cases/665 persons were not concluded and were transferred back to the Asylum Service in view of the RRA ceasing operations in December 2020. They are considered to be first instance pending cases.
Out of 2,929 decisions taken by the Supreme Court in 2004-2016 and before the Administrative Court in 2016-2018, 44 (1.5%) were positive and 2,885 (98.5%) were negative.
International Protection Administrative Court (IPAC): At the end of 2020 there were 1,100 pending appeals before the IPAC. This includes all appeals submitted relevant to the Refugee Law. Thus, although the vast majority are appeals related to international protection claims, the number also includes appeals against detention orders, family reunification decisions, reception condition decisions etc.
 The available data covers the entire period 2004-2018.