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The New Humanitarian | Asylum seekers stranded in Cyprus, as government seeks help with influx

The woman fleeing years of war in Somalia thought she was sailing to Italy, only to be dumped by smugglers on the shores of Cyprus. With no chance of leaving the island, she applied for asylum. That was five years ago. She’s still waiting.

Her case is emblematic of an asylum system aid groups say is overburdened by a surge in migrant arrivals. This week, the government reportedly asked for help in relocating 5,000 people to other European countries. 

While EU-wide arrivals are decreasing, Cyprus is bucking the trend.

EU statistics show that the small country – population 1.2 million…

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