Rising Number of Turkish Nationals Seeking Asylum in Greece

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Last Update: 15:22

Following the failed military coup attempt in Turkey last July, an increasing amount of Turkish nationals have come to Greece seeking asylum, according to data at the Asylum Service.

In a publishing by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the number of Turks requesting asylum are broken down to reveal that in the time since the failed coup attempt, 236 Turkish nationals have requested asylum in Greece. An astounding 98 requests have been made so far this year, the newspaper reported. This number is remarkably higher than the previous year before the failed coup attempt in July of 2016, when only 51 Turks requested asylum in Greece from January of 2016 until that July.

One of the most well-known cases of Turks seeking asylum in Greece is that of the eight Turkish military officers who fled Turkey immediately after the failed coup attempt. The outcome of the asylum requests is still under legal debate and has yet to be determined. The officers have stated that their reasons for wanting asylum in Greece is for fear of their well-being if they return to Turkey.

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