Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Legal and administrative framework


The Law on Refugees (6(1)/2000) does not contain any provisions on resettlement. However, Article 18-3 of the Law, which lays out the conditions for refugee status assessment, does not require the presence of the applicant on Cypriot territory for the attribution of refugee status. Hence, resettlement does not seem to be impossible from the legal perspective.


* Law on Refugees (6(1)/2000)


The Law on Refugees (6(1)/2000) of 28 January 2000, entered into force in 2004, and was last amended in 2009. 

Article 11 of the Law states that (unofficial translation) ‘The application is submitted at all entry points of the Republic upon arrival of the applicant or within the Republic at any Police Station, and in case of the applicant’s detention or imprisonment, at the detention centers or the prisons where he is held’. Therefore, the recognition of the refugee status outside of Cyprus's territory - and thus resettlement - does not seem to be possible.

Article 18-3, however, identifies the conditions for assessment of the refugee status by the administration. This assessment is being conducted on an individual basis and according to some criteria. Here, the presence of the applicant on Cypriot territory is not considered as an indispensable condition of attribution of the refugee status.

Files attached to this content:

Law on Refugees (6(1)/2000), last amended by 112(I) of 2007, in English

Law on Refugees (6(1)/2000), last amended by 122(1) of 2009, in Cypriot

Cyprus snapshot

Size: 9,250 km2

Population: 0.8 million

Year of EU Entry: 2004

In the Schengen Area: No

Protection Status Granted: 69 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: No

Resettled Refugees: 0

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from