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Population in Occupied Cyprus - Settlers

AIDE MEMOIRE

· According to the so-called “2006 Population Census” held in the occupied area of Cyprus, the de-jure population of the so-called “TRNC” is 256.644 compared with 188.662 in the 1996 “population census”. This number indicates a population increase of 36,03%.

· The annual average growth of the de-jure population, which is estimated to be 3,3% for the period between the two “censuses” (15/12/96-30/4/06) is too high and it can definitely not be explained only by the natural increase of the population; rather it suggests a large positive immigration. It is estimated that the percentage of the natural increase of the population in the occupied area should range between the minimum 4 for every 1000 people, as it is the case in the Government controlled area, and the maximum 15 for every 1000 people, as was the natural population increase in Turkey in 1996. This leads to the conclusion that during the ten year period between the two “censuses”, there has been a positive immigration (arrivals outweigh departures) by 4 to 6 thousand per year, that is between 38.000 and 59.000 during the said ten year period.

· Another conclusion that can be drawn when comparing the results of the two “censuses” is the considerable increase of population in the Keryneia and Kythrea districts. This increase of population is closely connected with the ongoing construction boom in the Kyreneia district and the subsequent increase in the number of settlers that moved to this area.

· After a closer evaluation of the so-called “2006 Population Census” and taking into account the distribution of the de-jure population according to citizenship, place of birth and parents’ place of birth, it becomes evident that the settlers living in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus amount to 125.496. This number is derived after adding 70.525 “citizens” with Turkish citizenship, 27.728 that indicated Turkey as place of birth, 16.824 “citizens” with their two parents born in Turkey and 10.420 with one of their parent born in Turkey. In addition, there exist a considerable number of 3rd generation settlers which does not appear in the results of the said “census” and is estimated around 28.000. The said analysis is more descriptively represented in the attached diagram.

· In conclusion, based on analysis of the “census” results, the number of Turkish Cypriots ranges between 89.000-90.000, whereas the number of settlers around 150.000-160.000. These numbers confirm the relevant estimates of the Government of Cyprus on the extent of the policy of Turkey of illegal settlement of the occupied part of Cyprus over the past 32 years.




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