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Some migrants claim asylum in Cyprus

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BREZICE Slovenia: The latest news as asylum-seekers make their way across Europe by the tens of thousands fleeing war or seeking a better life. All times local:

12:45 p.m.

An official in Cyprus says a "small number" from the 114 migrants whose two boats landed at a British air base earlier this week have claimed asylum.

Base spokeswoman Connie Pierce says RAF Akrotiri "is not a route through which people will be able to get to the U.K."

Pierce said Saturday that base authorities are working with the Cyprus government to process the mostly Syrian Lebanese and Palestinian nationals and handle all asylum claims.

She said a temporary facility is being set up on base territory to house the people if it's deemed necessary to move them.

Britain fears that its two sovereign bases on Cyprus could be seen by traffickers as an easy back door to Britain.


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