Statistics

Cyprus

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 30/11/20

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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: 2019

 

Applicants in 2019 (first time applicants)

Pending at end 2019

Refugee status

Subsidiary protection

Rejection

Refugee rate

Subs. Prot. rate

Rejection rate

Total

13,259

17,171

147

1,149

2,053

4.39%

34.31%

61.3%

 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

 

 

Syria

2,602

:

38

1,074

3

3.41%

96.32%

0.27%

 Georgia

1,594

:

0

0

319

0%

0%

100%

India

1,508

:

0

0

419

0%

0%

100%

Bangladesh

1,270

:

1

0

327

0.30%

0%

99.70%

Pakistan

1,187

:

0

0

241

0%

0%

100%

Cameroon

1,181

:

8

0

15

34.78%

0%

65.22%

Vietnam

529

:

0

0

170

0%

0%

100%

Egypt

500

:

5

0

169

2.87%

0%

97.13%

Nigeria

386

:

2

0

18

10%

0%

90%

Sri Lanka

385

:

0

0

84

0%

0%

100%

 

Source: Asylum Service

 

At the end of 2019, it is estimated that the cases pending before the Refugee Reviewing Authority (RRA) are just over 1,300. The RRA is expected to issue all pending decisions by the end of 2020 when it will cease operations.[1]

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2019 (not available)

 

 

Number

Percentage

Total number of applicants

:

:

Men

:

:

Women

:

:

Children

:

:

Unaccompanied children

535

:

 

 

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2019

 

Statistics provided by the Refugee Reviewing Authority (RRA) refer to 863 decisions taken in 2018 and just over 900 decisions in 2019. A breakdown per type of decision is unavailable.

 

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.[2]

 

No statistics have been released in respect of recourse before the International Protection Administrative Court (IPAC), which took over all asylum cases in June 2019, including pending cases before the Administrative Court.

 

 


[1]Information provided by the Cyprus Refugee Council.

[2]The available data covers the entire period 2004-2018.

 

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