Department of Labour

Employment of Asylum Seekers

1. Employment Rights Of Refugees:

Section 21B of the Cyprus Refugee Law provides that the person who is recognized as a refugee receives equal treatment as the citizens of the Republic as regards wage- earning employment. In other words, refugees have the same rights as Cypriot citizens to employment, hence there are no restrictions to any particular sector and there is no need for the Labor Department to approve and stamp a contract of employment between an employer and a recognized refugee.

2. Employment of Persons with Subsidiary Protection Status:

In accordance to the amendment to Article 19 of the Refugee Law, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection have, as in the case of recognized refugees, immediate access to employment upon the date they are granted the aforesaid status. In particular there are no restrictions regarding their employment in particular sectors or occupations of the labor market. Also it is not necessary for the Labor Department to approve and stamp a contract of employment between an employer and a person with subsidiary protection status.

For further information, please visit the following website where full text of the relevant articles of the Refugee Law regarding the employment of persons with subsidiary protection status, is available.

3. Employment of Asylum Seekers:

Asylum Seekers have access to the labour market one month after the date of the submission of their application for international protection, in specific sectors and occupations according to the relevant Decree of the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.

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