Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cypriots will become a minority in Cyprus!



Cypriots will become a minority in their own country if the current situation persists. I am not stating that this is happening by neighbouring Turkey or via the violent route, as has happened in the past, which brings us to the current unacceptable situation. The current matter is been realised through peaceful means.
The population in the Republic of Cyprus is 840.407. (Here I am not speaking about the Northern part of the Mediterranean Island, which has been illegally occupied by Turkish troops since 1974). From this population 667.398 are actually Cypriot nationals. 170.383 are foreign nationals, whilst 2.626 have not given a nationality, due to various reasons. However, the 170.383 are 20% of the population of the Republic of Cyprus; this means that one in five is a foreigner in this small European state.


Out of the foreigners, 106.270 come from other E.U. countries, whilst 64.113 are nationals from countries outside the European Union. This of course is due to Cyprus’ induction into the European Union in 2004. In 2000 only 3.960 non-Cypriots moved to the Greek island, however this number increased after 2004, where we have 7.070 in 2004, 8.128 in 2005, 10.299 in 2006, 15.222 in 2007, 16.586 in 2008, 17.784 in 2009, 15.913 in 2010 and 18.142 in 2011. In total, in the past eight years 109.144 foreigners have moved to the island of Cyprus.
Greeks from Greece are merely 18.2% of the total number. This number is increasing due to the economic difficulties that Greece is going through, since 2008. Nevertheless, 15.6% of them come from Great Britain, being an ex-colony. What is interesting is that the Romanians (14.3%) and the Bulgarians (11.3%) are constantly moving to Cyprus. Russians are currently 5% of the foreign population, i.e. 8.663, followed by the Sri Lankan population (7.350) and Vietnamese (7.102), whilst the Philippines number 9.744. Of course, there are certain areas that have gathered many foreigners, such as Nicosia (the capital of Cyprus) and Paphos. In the first case 1 in 3 is not Cypriot, whilst in the latter case 41.6 % of the population are not Cypriot.
These are worrying figures, which the government should stress and find solutions to. If nothing alters then Cyprus will lose its identity, producing thus enormous problems for the European country.

2 comments:

  1. With all due respect, this is a rather cheeky post for a blog called Londinoupoulis, by one of hundreds of thousands of Hellenes (and a non-British citizen) living outside of Greece or Cyprus. Immigration is a two-way street. It's silly for Greeks and Cypriots to leave their countries in huge numbers to live on foreign soil and to constantly speak of the "diaspora" while complaining about Greece and Cyprus losing their identity due to immigration. No offence, but I think it had to be said!

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  2. Well, Fr. Vassili, this blog has various themes. I try to include many topics from around the world, specifically things that interest me. Being a Greek who doesn't live in Greece gives me the opportunity to see the world from a more globalised perspective. Not being a British citizen in Britain is one of the perks of the European Union.
    However, this specific topic should be put and should be understood in its geopolitical perspective and importance. Power politics, state relations and so on are different in the Balkans, in the Mediterranean and the Middle East in comparison to Great Britain. You should read into the current issues being realised in North Eastern Greece, Thrace, where Turkey is intervening in all aspects of life there and talks of becoming an independent country have begun.. A fear of a Greek Kosovo has began..and Cyprus is another massive issue, seeing that half of the island is still under foreign and military rule..!
    Please read into the political issues which exist in Greece and Cyprus in order to understand my point of view..!

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