Aug 11 2019

High level of education among Turkish asylum seekers in Germany

Majority of Turkish migrants applying for asylum in Germany have a high level of education, DW Türkçe reported on Sunday, citing a recent report by German the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

59,3 percent of asylum seekers from Turkey declared that they had previously attended a university in their home country, DW Türkçe said, adding that the number was 46 percent for 2017.

As of 2018, Turks are the fifth largest group seeking asylum in the EU with a total of 17,332 pending cases, with applications were submitted mainly in Germany, followed by Greece, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.

The asylum applications from Turkey to the EU countries have spiked following a coup attempt in 2016 and due to the Turkish government’s crackdown over opposition under the two-year emergency rule that followed.