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Symfiliosi (SYM)

Symfiliosi is a non-profit non-governmental organisation based in Cyprus. It is one of the partners that make up the Centre for the Study of Migration, Inter-ethnic & Labour Relations. It has a keen interest and involvement in anti-racism, anti-discrimination, social cohesion and integration of migrant communities, combating sex trafficking and safeguarding the rights of minorities and ethnic communities. It has been involved in research projects on: policies regarding the situation of unaccompanied migrant minors, funded by the EU (DAPHNE programme); the demand side of trafficking funded by the EU (AGIS programme); detention conditions of asylum seekers funded by EU (Programme “2005 Actions in support of civil society in the Member States which acceded to the European Union on 1st May 2004); good practices by banks and credit institutions for the integration of migrants and refugees, in the framework of the program INTI, 2007-2008; Ways of Implementing the EU directives on Violence against Children, Young People and Women: Good Practices and Recommendations in (DAPHNE project) led by the University of Ljubljana.

Dali 23, Lefkosia, 2549 Cyprus
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Nicos Trimikliniotis (senior researcher) is Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration, Inter-ethnic & Labour Relations and Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Nicosia; he directs the Cyprus National Focal Point for Fundamental Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination. He was Scientific Director for Cyprus for FP6 Project FEMIPOL on Integration of female immigrants in labour market and society: Policy assessment and policy recommendations.

Corina Demetriou (researcher) studied law and holds a Masters degree in international law, with a focus on human rights. She has co-ordinated many of the projects, including the UNHCR funded project on provision of legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees (2005-2006). She was involved as an analyst in the AGIS research project on the demand side of sex trafficking and in EU funded research projects on unaccompanied migrant minors and on the detention conditions of migrants. Since 2007 she is the national expert for Cyprus of the Network of Legal Experts in the anti-discrimination field operated by the Migration Policy Group and Human European Consultancy.

Olga Demetriou (researcher) is Project leader on Cypriot refugee subjectivities – structures of politics and loss. She completed a Ph.D. (LSE) thesis on the politicisation of Turkish= minority identities in Greece in 2002. She carried out research at Wolfson College, Cambridge between 2001 and 2003 and at St Peter’s and St. Antony’s Colleges, Oxford, between 2003 and 2006. She has recently completed the Migrant Cities Research, Nicosia South as part of the Living Together Project of the Institute for Public Policy Research and British Council.