Immigration Detention in Cyprus

The most recent report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) on Cyprus highlights that unsuitable detention conditions and the criminalization and imprisonment of migrants continues to be features of the current migration management system in Cyprus. In addition, recently a Belgian court has declared Cyprus as an unsafe country for returning asylum seekers because of its inadequate reception conditions. However, despite Cyrpus’ track record thus far, Cypriote stakeholders have underlined that there is space for advocating for judicial changes, encouraged by the recent ECHR judgment against Cyprus (M.A. v. Cyprus) which has pointed out the lack of an effective remedy in relation to deportation and unlawful detention.

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