Nicos Trimikliniotis, Odysseus Member’s for Cyprus will present the new Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Cyprus report: “Cyprus as a New Refugee “Hotspot” in Europe? Challenges for a Divided Country”

The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Cyprus cordially invites you to a seminar on

Asylum and Migration Challenges for Europe & Cyprus

On the occasion of the launch and presentation of the FES-Report


Cyprus as a New Refugee “Hotspot” in Europe?

Challenges for a Divided Country

on Thursday, 20 February 2020, 18.30-21.00


Location: Fulbright Center Cyprus, UN Buffer Zone next to Ledra Palace


This report examines the refugee and migration issue in Cyprus. The text focuses on the recent increase in the number of refugees, an analysis of the country’s reception conditions, and the question of whether Cyprus is becoming – in relative terms – an important route for migration to and asylum in Europe. From a human rights perspective, the situation is highly problematic. Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the UNHCR have criticised current practices in Cyprus for causing undue panic, fear and a climate of xenophobia. A reform of the asylum and migration model is long overdue.


18.15 – 18.30               Registration

18.30 – 18.45               Welcome and introduction

Hubert Faustmann, Director of Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Cyprus

Katja Saha, Head of UNHCR Cyprus

18.45 – 19.05              “The EU Refugee Policy in the New Legislative Term – What to expect?”, Timo Rinke, FES Project Director (Flight, Migration, Integration in Europe)

19.05 – 19.20              Presentation of the FES Report, Nicos Trimikliniotis, Professor of Sociology & Centre for Fundamental Rights, University of Nicosia

19.20 – 19.50              Different perspectives

  • Protection & Status Determination, Olga Komiti, Legal ExpertUNCHR
  • An Integration Perspective, Corina Droussiotou, DirectorCyprus Refugee Council
  • A Lesbos Perspective, Stratos Georgoulas, Professor, University of the Aegean, Lesbos

19.50 – 20.00               Response by the Author

20.00 – 21.00               Discussion and Reception

The event is open to the public and will be held in English

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