The escalation of the crisis in Syria has rendered Cyprus' position as a relatively peaceful European Union outpost in the region immensely significant. In the last quarter of 2015, there were three shipwrecks close to the southern shoreline, a phenomenon that has not been seen for years. Until then, most applications for refugee protection in the Republic were filed by individuals crossing from the north (having arrived there primarily from Turkey) or by individuals who had entered as migrants and had lost their regular status. This change is indicative of wider, and more profound changes to the patterns and routes of migration, which seem set to continue well into 2016 and beyond. The project aims to investigate these patterns and relate them to other changes in the region, in terms of political and migration dynamics. This project continues to develop as one of the leading initiatives of the Centre.