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Law on Refugees (6(1)/2000)

Legal and administrative framework


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