Jul 22 2018

Number of Turks granted asylum doubles in Germany

The number of Turkish citizens granted asylum have doubled in Germany in comparison to last year, according to a report by the country’s Federal Migration and Refugee Department quoted by independent news platform T24.

Turkey is now the third biggest source of those granted asylum in the country behind Syria and Iraq and ahead of countries including Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia, the report said.

884 Turkish citizens were granted asylum in Germany in June, a 35 percent increase on the number in May and double the average monthly number for 2017.

In the first six months of 2018, 4,089 Turkish citizens were granted asylum, with over 16,000 including 288 with diplomatic passports having been given the status since the failed July 2016 coup attempt.

The asylum seekers are warned by authorities to avoid the 3 million-strong Turkish population already settled in Germany, T24 said, as many of them have constructed their view of the situation in Turkey from the speeches of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.