‘NON-CITIZENS’ The ‘citizens’ of Cyprus are not the only inhabitants of the island. ‘Non-citizens’ count up to 314,740, which constitutes 26.8% of the island’s population. ‘Non-citizens’ include foreign soldiers, who are mainly Greeks, Turks or British, though there is also a sizeable United Nations peacekeeping force on the island, made up mostly of Argentinian and Scottish troups. refugees, who come mainly from Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, and immigrants including students as well as workers. The immigrant category can be broken down into two groups: E.U. immigrants and non-EU immigrants. EU immigrants are mostly Greek and British nationals. British immigrants consist mostly of retired persons or residents of the sovereign British bases. Another EU immigrant group on the island is the Eastern Europeans, who are usually economic migrants that is, they come to Cyprus in search of employment. Since the 1990s there has also been an influx of Serbians and Russians, who have formed a sizeable community in the city of Limassol. Non-E.U. immigrants include workers who come to seek work in the southern part of the island, mostly from Asian countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. In the northern part, there has been a steady influx of Kurdish and Turkish nationals, a substantial number being economic migrants and the rest are commonly referred to as settlers and their legal status is controversial. There you have it these are the People of Cyprus. But what makes all of them, or some of them, ‘Cypriots’? Is the island simply bi-communal? Or is it multi-communal? Perhaps it is an overall homogeneous society with many minorities? Is the way we have presented the ‘People of Cyprus’ accurate, or even useful? Above all, what is the role, stakes and significance of each of these groups with regards to the Cypriot Puzzle? We invite you to comment with your opinions at thecypriotpuzzle.org All contents are the sole responsibility of the Cypriot Puzzle and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.