With the number of displaced Syrians arriving in Cyprus on the rise in recent weeks, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides has described the situation as “extremely worrying.”

After meeting with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, Christodoulides said, “I fully understand the challenges facing Lebanon, but exporting migrants to Cyprus should not be the solution and cannot be accepted.”

Similar to Lebanon, Cyprus is experiencing a considerable increase in the number of asylum seekers, most of whom are Syrians. Nicosia is reportedly trying to persuade the European Union to end Syria’s status as a dangerous country, by reassessing the situation and specifying which areas can be recognized as safe for the repatriation of asylum seekers.