Cyprus to evict 3000 Ukrainian refugees from hotels: what is the reason
Ukrainians who took refuge in Cyprus were able to stay in local hotels. However, the country has recently made a decision to evict them. Find out more about the reasons for this
Recently, it became known that in the near future, 3,000 Ukrainians currently living in hotels in Cyprus will have to leave their rooms and choose another place to live. Read more about the reasons for the eviction in this article.
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Why are Ukrainian refugees being evicted from hotels in Cyprus?
3,000 Ukrainian refugees are currently living in local hotels in Cyprus. Recently, the country's authorities informed Ukrainians that they must leave the hotels before the start of the holiday season, namely by 31 May.
This is supported by a law passed in February 2022. Also, according to this law, Ukrainian refugees who arrive in Cyprus from 1 March 2023 will have the right to stay in local hotels in the country for no more than 6 months.
The mechanism of actions after eviction from hotels: where to seek help
It has become known that the relevant Cypriot authorities have already started implementing a plan to find jobs for able-bodied Ukrainians currently residing in Cyprus.
After being evicted from hotels, Ukrainian refugees can apply to the Benefits Management Service of the Deputy Minister of Social Security and apply for a housing subsidy.
It is also noted that Ukrainians have the right to apply to the Cypriot employment services for employment.
In response to this situation, the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Cyprus has scheduled meetings with employers in the tourism industry to discuss employment options for refugees.
The hotels that will continue to host Ukrainians after the holiday season will be selected through a tender.
Number of Ukrainian refugees in Cyprus
The EU statistical agency Eurostat reports that Cyprus has become the country with the largest number of registered refugees granted temporary protection status relative to the country's population in the EU. In Cyprus, there are 1.1 Ukrainians with temporary protection status per 1,000 inhabitants. The Czech Republic ranks second in Europe in terms of this indicator, with 0.9 Ukrainians with temporary protection per 1,000 inhabitants.
We remind you! Refugees from Ukraine who temporarily reside in Cyprus are entitled to financial assistance. Read more about who can apply for the funds and what is required for this in our material.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.