EU urges Turkish north to help cut migrant arrivals
European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas on Saturday called on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot government to do more to stem migrant arrivals on the ethnically divided Mediterranean island.
After a visit to an upgraded migrant facility outside the capital, Nicosia, Schinas said Brussels “won’t let the Turkish Cypriot community consider itself neutral in what is going on.”
The Cypriot government says around 90% of migrants enter via Turkey and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north through a loosely regulated student visa system.
Thousands of people then cross the UN buffer zone to seek asylum in the Greek Cypriot south.