If you are passing from the northern part of the island to the Republic of Cyprus as most people do, the latter is then the first country reached in the European Union. Due to Dublin III regulation other member states of the EU are deporting people back to the Republic of Cyprus on a regular basis, although there are way more demands for readmission then actual deportations. Almost all Dublin returnees are detained in the Republic of Cyprus upon arrival due to closed files or elapsed deadlines for appeal. A reopening of the case is very difficult. In some cases Dublin returnees have been detained for years.