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European Union: Greek Side and Cyprus Cyprus

european union: In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 file photo, a migrant from Syria rests at a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus, according to Toronto Star. Cyprus interior minister says he has asked the European Union for access to its security intelligence network in order to better screen arriving migrants. Rising numbers of migrants enter ethnically divided Cyprus on its breakaway Turkish side to seek asylum in the internationally recognized Greek side in the south, creating a situation that Interior Minister called more disconcerting and very difficult to manage. Constantinos Petrides said Thursday, March 21, 2019 that rising migrant arrival numbers - especially via the ethnically split island s breakaway north - have made the situation very difficult to manage. According to Cyprus' Asylum Service, one-quarter of arriving migrants are from Syria, but significant numbers come from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Cameroon. Petros Karadjias, file / AP Photo Petrides said monthly asylum applications have surpassed 1,000 so far this year. ( As reported in the news.