On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, 2023, UNHCR Cyprus together with the Office of the Ombudsman and the University of Cyprus hosted the event “Refugees and Us: Promoting Social Inclusion” to discuss racism and xenophobia and the impact on refugees and asylum-seekers in Cyprus. The findings of UNHCR’s latest opinion poll on the perceptions of Cypriots about refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were also presented as a springboard for discussion on society-wide ways to address and respond to these phenomena in Cyprus. The opinion poll was conducted at the end of 2022 by the University Center for Field Studies of the University of Cyprus, on behalf of the UNHCR in Cyprus. The event concluded with a speech by a young refugee graduate of the University of Cyprus who shared her experience and insights with the participants.
Press release and report links here.