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Germany: Number of Turkish asylum requests rose sharply in July

Europe
23.08.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - The number of Turkish nationals to file requests for asylum in Germany rose to 620 in July, a 43-per-cent increase on the previous month, according to an Interior Ministry document seen by dpa.

Twenty-two per cent of the 620 bids were accepted, according to the document.

In March - shortly before Turkey‘s constitutional referendum that resulted in sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping - the rate of acceptance stood at 8.9 per cent.

Sevim Dagdelen, a lawmaker for Germany‘s The Left Party, said the rise in asylum requests showed that "democracy, the rule of law and respect for human dignity have long gone out the window" in Turkey.

Dagdelen referred to Turkey‘s accession talks with the European Union as a "farce," adding that pre-accession financial assistance from Brussels should be immediately stopped.

Ankara has accused Germany of harbouring supporters of a failed coup last year, and has called for them to be extradited.

 

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