Netherlands grants asylum to 50 Turkish nationals

Dutch authorities have approved asylum applications of 50 Turkish nationals, whose immigration documents could be seized by Turkey, BBC Turkish reported on Saturday.

The Netherlands previously granted asylum to 10 Turkish nationals, whose files were seized by Turkish authorities in September when Turkey arrested Yılmaz Sunar, a lawyer who had reviewed the claims of Turkish citizens seeking political asylum in European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

The people who were granted asylum status in the Netherlands could be members of the Gülen movement, a religious group the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016, BBC Turkish said, citing Dutch television NOS.