Topic 2 Intercultural Cyprus

Cyprus multiculturalism is built on a number of reasons: immigration, business activity and imported labour.

The geographic location of Cyprus led to a long-term influence of many different cultures. Many small ethnic communities were often added to existing ones.  On the island, all ethnic and religious groups have rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and the preservation of their traditions is intertwined with their integration into the Cypriot society. Watch the video ‘Multicultural Cyprus Between East and West’ for more information:

The Cypriot educational system is making constant efforts and reforms with the aim to provide better intercultural education, but so far, its structure is quite traditional and reflects a rather conservative attitude of Cypriot society towards cultural diversity, and there are concerns that the education provided at the end is mostly uni-cultural. (Mastrosavvaki, 2020)