The Latest: Migrants who reached Cyprus apply for asylum

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

A Cyprus civil defense spokeswoman says 15 migrants who arrived at Cyprus' northern coast from Turkey aboard a small boat have applied for asylum.

Olivia Michaelidou told the Associated Press Wednesday the 14 men and one woman will stay with relatives living in Cyprus until their asylum applications are processed.

Police said all 15 are Syrians who were located near the village of Mansoura after authorities were notified of their arrival late Tuesday.

Michaelidou said the migrants are in good health and were given food and footwear once they were taken to area police stations.

Cyprus' northern coast is at its closest around 40 miles (66 kilometers) from Turkey's southern coastline.


10:20 a.m.

Greek authorities say the country's coast guard has picked up 67 migrants found hiding in a sailboat sailing across the Aegean Sea.

The 60 men, five women and two children were picked up 8 nautical miles northeast of the Cycladic island of Amorgos.

Amorgos is closer to the Greek mainland than the eastern Aegean islands that are usually the target of those heading to Greece from the Turkish coast in an effort to reach the European Union.

The coast guard transported the new arrivals east to a migrant processing centre on the island of Leros.

Under an EU-Turkey deal to stem the flow of migrants, those arriving after March 20 are detained and can face being returned to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece.