The disruption of everyday life in Cyprus can be measured by the size of the crowds at the labour exchange and passport office in the capital, Nicosia.
GV People outside passport office
SV People reading passport list
SV People signing passport forms
SV People outside passport office
SV People buying suitcases and walking away with them (3 shots)
GV People outside labour exchange
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Background: The disruption of everyday life in Cyprus can be measured by the size of the crowds at the labour exchange and passport office in the capital, Nicosia.
United Nations figures released at the end of August showed that 226,000 people were driven from their homes during the fighting - about a third of the population of 620,000.
Hundreds of thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriots are living in refugee camps or are impounded as prisoners of war. Thousands more are desperately seeking work and a return to normal life, or preparing to leave the Island.
Nicosia's Ministry of Labour building and labour exchange are crowded each morning by Greek Cypriot workers, many of them making their way through windows.
The Greek Cypriot government announcement that students were free to leave the island to study abroad has helped to intensify the rush for passports. The Passport office in Nicosia is crowded each day with people making applications or waiting to pick up their passports.