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Cyprus seeks EU intelligence access for migrant screening

AP  |  Nicosia 

wants access to the European Union's so it can screen arriving migrants more thoroughly for signs of by extremist groups, the island nation's said Thursday.

Rising numbers of migrants enter ethnically divided on its breakaway Turkish side to seek asylum in the internationally recognized Greek side in the south, creating a situation that called "more disconcerting" and "very difficult to manage." Petrides said have surpassed 1,000 so far this year.

According to Cyprus' Asylum Service, one-quarter of arriving migrants are from Syria, but significant numbers come from India, Bangladesh, and joined the in 2004, but only the south enjoys full membership benefits.

EU said after talks with Petrides on Thursday that Cypriot officials shed light on issues that he hadn't known about, such as migrants using as an entry point.

Officials from Europol, the EU's asylum agency, and border and coast services will meet with authorities soon to determine how best to assist, Avramopoulos said "Yes, Cyprus is coming under great pressure recently, but again I'd like to say that it's not alone," he said.

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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 01:25 IST