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Surge of asylum seekers from Turkey recorded in Germany

Surge of asylum seekers from Turkey recorded in GermanyMuch of asylum applications have been due to the failed coup in July and ensuing crackdown on human rights and press freedom, DW.

A German newspaper group reported Friday a dramatic increase in Turks applying for asylum in Germany in 2016.

The Funke Mediengruppe reported that Germany received 4,437 asylum applications from Turkish citizens between January and October. This is more than 2.5 times the amount of applications received from Turkish citizens in all of 2015. The report says about 350 asylum seekers hailing from Turkey were registered each month between January and June. Numbers then climbed to about 485 applications in October.

The number of Turkish applicants is expected to go up. "We must expect that the number of Turks who are seeking political asylum in Germany will continue to rise," said Stephan Mayer, the domestic policy speaker of the union coalition in the Bundestag.
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