NICOSIA - Cyprus Police are escorting 51 illegal immigrants, who were held at a shelter, back to their home country Bangladesh.
A total of 115 policemen, a doctor and a nurse are traveling with a chartered flight which is scheduled to take off from Cyprus early on Thursday afternoon.
The operation is taking place following an EU Programme. The cost is paid by the EU solidarity fund (95%) and national funds (5%).
Police Spokesman Andreas Aggelides told CNA that the Police have followed all the procedures. He said that the immigrants have given their written consent and the decision was made based on special criteria such as the fact that all of them are from the same country and they had no money to return home.
Today’s operation is one of the biggest in Cyprus, based on the number of policemen who are escorting the immigrants, the number of people being repatriated and the whole operation that was planned ahead.
Cyprus an EU member since 2004 is faced with a massive flow of immigrants, political refugees and asylum seekers.