Nearly 6,000 Turks Have Sought Refuge in Greece Since 2016



The Greek-Turkish border at River Evros. File photo

A total of 5,786 Turkish citizens have applied for refugee status in Greece since 2016’s failed coup attempt that was followed by a government crackdown, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

According to a report by Diken attributed to the Greek Ministry of Immigration Policy, the number of Turks seeking refuge in the country has risen in October.

The figures indicated that 706 individuals from Turkey requested refugee status from Greece in October, while the number was recorded as 3,807 from January to October.

In 2017, 1,826 Turkish citizens applied for asylum, according to the report.

Prior to Turkey’s attempted military coup which prompted a nation-wide crackdown on dissidents, the figures were 17 individuals in 2013, 41 in 2014, 42 in 2015 and 189 in 2016, the last year before the attempted coup.

The Turkish government launched a crackdown after the failed coup which led to the firing of nearly 140,000 civil servants and investigations into some 400,000 citizens on terrorism charges of terrorism.