"EU urges Cyprus to step up immigration controls on the Green Line
By (Maria-Christina Doulami
THE European Commission has criticised Cyprus for not implementing stricter control at the Green Line crossing points and for not restricting the crossing of illegal immigrants into the Republic.
The annual Green Line Report issued by the European Commission reveals that the “the number of third country nationals crossing the Line illegally remains an area of serious concern”. In fact, according to data submitted by authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, in the period May 2007 to April 2008 “the total number of detected (or apprehended) illegal immigrants more than doubled (increase from 2,919 to 5,844), reaching the highest level ever”."