The migrants, who tend to arrive in Greek southern Cyprus from boats or air from the Turkish-controlled northern part of the island, have come at a rapid pace, according to a report from Swedish broadcaster SVT.
Christoffer Wendick, a correspondent for the broadcaster, said that Cyprus has become attractive to many and is the easiest way to reach the European Union.
“It allows you to take a flight from the Turkish mainland to the Turkish part of Cyprus and it is almost like a domestic flight,” he said.
“You understand what this means for a country like Cyprus,” Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said.
In June, the Cypriot government and Interior Minister Petrides claimed that the government of Turkey might be helping traffick migrants into the southern part of the island.