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Media Watch 2003

14 May 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Stefanos Evripidou
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 14 May 2003
Turkish Cypriots find work in the south

TWO TURKISH Cypriots have already found employment in the free areas while around 30 others are actively seeking employment after signing up at District Labour Offices, Labour Minister Makis Keravnos said yesterday.

Speaking after a ministerial committee meeting to discuss foreign and Turkish Cypriot employment, Keravnos said that the measures announced to facilitate Turkish Cypriot employment have been implemented and are bringing results. He added that the numbers were small so far, with 25-30 Turkish Cypriots having signed up at District Labour Offices to look for work, while two Turkish Cypriots have already found employment.

Interior Minister, Andreas Christou, noted that Turkish Cypriots also had the option of finding work in the government-controlled areas by informing their unions that are collaborating with Greek Cypriot unions to find jobs for Turkish Cypriots.

Regarding foreign employment, Christou said that the moratorium on foreign workers might be extended or relaxed in various categories depending on the needs of the country but also on the realities of European Union accession. He noted that Cyprus might have to adopt a different strategy on workers coming from EU member states.

Christou added that in light of EU accession and the return of Turkish Cypriot workers to the Cypriot labour market, the committee would prepare a proposal to submit to cabinet on the formation of a new policy on employment."