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Fyllia is a village in the Ovgos valley, in the geographic region of Morphou/Güzleyurt, ten kilometers east of the town of Morphou/Güzelyurt and four kilometers northwest of Avlona/Gayretköy. According to Goodwin, there are many villages with this name in Greece. He also suggests that Fyllia has been translated variously to mean the “wild olive,” “friendship” and “gum tree leaves,” etc. In 1975 Turkish Cypriots changed the name to Serhatköy, meaning “frontier village.” 
Historical Population:

Until 1974, the village was almost solely inhabited by Greek Cypriots. As can be seen from the chart above, in the Ottoman census of 1831, Christians (Greek Cypriots) constituted the only inhabitants of the village. Throughout the British period the Greek Cypriot population of the village increased significantly, from 180 in 1891 to 731 in 1960.


In August 1974, all the Greek Cypriots of the village fled from the advancing Turkish army. Currently, like most of the displaced Greek Cypriots, the Greek Cypriots of Fyllia are scattered throughout the island’s south, with concentrations in towns. The number of the Fyllia Greek Cypriots who were displaced in 1974 was approximately 1,050 (1,042 in the 1973 census).

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is mainly inhabited by displaced Turkish Cypriots from Episkopi(262), Polemidia(277), Kantou(265) in the Limassol district, and Suskiou(337), Agios Georgios(284), Faliea(301) in the Paphos district. There is also a tiny population from Turkey who settled in the village in 1975-77, mainly from Adana. The 2006 Turkish Cypriot census put the village’s population at 595.   

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