The Cyprus Problem has existed for decades. While we each have our own take on its origins, the search to find a solution that is acceptable to the majority of Greek and Turkish Cypriots continues to this very day.
Research can play a vital part in helping policy makers understand the concerns and needs of the communities affected by their decisions, and influence the strategies and actions they take.
Up until now, all research into attitudes on the Cyprus Problem and the possible solutions have focussed on the those living on the island.
For the first time, a new survey is also actively seeking the views of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot diasporas.
Işık Kuşçu-Bonnenfant, the Principal Investigator of the project, is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara specialising in diaspora studies and ethnic migration return. Neophytos Loizides is the Director of Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Kent, and has worked extensively on Cyprus and peace mediations.
The Diaspora Survey was commissioned by the University of Kent and implemented by METU (for Turkish Cypriots) and the University of Cyprus (for Greek Cypriots). A parallel study has just been completed on the island.
To take part in the survey follow the link http://www.t-vine.com/turkish-cypriot-diaspora-views-needed-for-pioneering-research-into-ending-the-cyprus-problem/