Turks top list of asylum applicants to Norway in 2018 - report

Every three out of 10 people seeking asylum in Norway in 2018 was from Turkey, placing the country at the top of Norway’s asylum applicants list, Euronews reported on Tuesday, citing the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Turks surpassed Syrians, Somalis and Eritreans, who previously showed most interest in seeking asylum in the Nordic country known for its high standard of living, it said.

The number of pending Turkish asylum applications to EU countries has exceeded 17,000 following the coup attempt of July 15, 2016, according to figures provided by European Asylum Support Office (EASO) as of October of last year.

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

A total of 465 Syrian nationals sought asylum in Norway in 2018, compared to 765 Turkish nationals, the UDI report said.

Applications from Turkey have been overwhelmingly successful, according to Euronews, with 91 percent of  2018 applicants being granted a residence permit.