European Interest

More Turks seek asylum in Greece

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A view of Istanbul.

Thirty-two Turkish citizens applied for asylum in Greece last week, according Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency and Greece’s Kathimerini newspaper.

The group includes academics, teachers and doctors.

More than 1,000 Turkish citizens have reportedly applied for asylum in Greece – fleeing a post-coup crackdown at home.

According to the Stockholm Center for Freedom, an advocacy organisation that promotes the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights and freedoms with a special focus on Turkey, a former Turkish police chief identified as E.S. was caught along with his wife and two children as they allegedly tried to escape to Greece.

Anadolu also reported on December 15 that at least 12 people were detained near the Turkish-Greek border in the western province of Edirne.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on December 12 that 55,665 people had been jailed and 234,419 passports revoked as part of investigations into the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

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