Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (23.11.15) reported that Asim Akansoy, self-styled interior minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has said that within the framework of granting the permanent “residence permit document” called as “white card”, the regime will at a first stage give this “white card” to around ten thousand persons.
In an interview with Havadis, Akansoy said that 40,000 persons will be “white card” holders within five years and added: “From now on the criteria regarding the citizenship will be essential. […] Becoming a citizen will not be so easy […] The persons who will take a white card as of the day we will start giving it, must have a continuous work permit for six years. Now citizenship is granted because of marriage and to persons who are continuously working in the island for 12 years with a work permit and have no criminal activity”.
Admitting that there are many persons working “illegally” in the occupied area of Cyprus, Akansoy said that registering the “illegal workforce” is a very important issue and pointed out that they cannot control the people working illegally.