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The present report is part of project “The Europeanization of national asylum and alien law in Cyprus, Italy and Spain: detention and detention centres for foreigners vs. the Return Directive”, which is funded by EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) of the European Commission, under the “Europe for Citizens” Programme. The project is coordinated by Borderline-Europe (Germany),  in partnership with the NGOs Agoge and Mugak (Spain), Borderline Sicilia (Italy) and KISA (Cyprus).

The project is related to the transposition of the Return Directive, 228/115/EC and aims to provide information and to raise awareness regarding the conditions of detention and the deportation mechanisms in these countries.

The present summary contains the information that KISA collected during the visits in detention places in Cyprus.


The visits to detention centres in Cyprus were  conducted from 14 to 21 June 2013 by the following staff and volunteers of KISA:

  • Doros Polykarpou
  • Leandros Savvides
  • Emilie Dubuisson
  • Romanos Lyritsas
  • Constantinos Constantinou


For the purposes of the research, the following seven detention centres and facilities were visited in June 2013:

  • Administrative detention centre in  Mennoyia
  • High security detention centre in Lakatamia
  • Blocks 9 & 10  at the central prison in Nicosia
  • Detention facilities of the police station in Nisou
  • Detention facilities of the police station in Aradippou
  • Detention facilities of the central police station in Limassol
  • Detention facilities of the central police station in Paphos


You can read and download the full report as a PDF document here: Detention_&_Return_Report_23.03.2014_English




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