Purges drive more Turks to seek asylum in Germany - DW

The number of Turkish citizens seeking asylum in Germany has increased by more than a third this year, Deutsche Welle reported

Some 9,138 Turks applied for asylum in the first 10 months of 2018, up from 6,852 in the same period of 2017, an increase of 33 percent, according to data released last week by Germany's Interior Ministry. 

Applications jumped after Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party won elections in June. No country outside Turkey is home to more people of Turkish origin than Germany

In 2018, Turkish citizens rank sixth in terms of those seeking asylum in Germany, behind Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Iran.

A series of government purges against the followers of U.S.-based Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen, Kurdish politicians, civil servants, teachers, academics, journalists, and more, have driven many thousands of Turks to seek refuge abroad. In all, nearly 25,000 Turkish citizens have applied for asylum in Germany since the July 2016 coup attempt. 

According to Germany Interior Ministry data, one of every three asylum seekers is allowed to stay in Germany. 

 

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