More than 7,000 Turks have submitted asylum requests since 2016

An upward of 7,000 Turkish nationals have requested international protection in Greece since the failed coup attempt in their country in 2016, according to the data published by the country's asylum service late last week.

Based on the information, 186 Turks filed for asylum in 2016, 1,826 in 2017, 4,834 in 2018 and 288 in January 2019, raising the total number to 7,137. This is a record number of applications, considering that in the previous three years (from 2013 to 2015) Greece received only 100 asylum requests from Turkish nationals.

The data did not provide details on how many of them have been accepted or pending. However, as Kathimerini has previously revealed, the first confirmed asylum approval was issued on 21 July 2017 to a 25-year-old Turkish national.

The majority of those fleeing Turkey are civil servants or teachers linked to academic...

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