According to recently released statistics from the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy, almost 6,000 Turkish citizens have sought asylum in Greece in the past two years alone.
The influx of asylum cases from neighboring Turkey spiked after the July 2016 coup attempt.
The Greek Ministry stats showed that 706 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in October 2018 alone, while 3,807 Turks who fled to Greece sought asylum there between January-October of this year.
Prior to the July 2016 coup attempt, 17 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in Greece in 2013; 41 in 2014; 42 in 2015 and 189 in 2016.
Turkish government officials have accused Greece of becoming a “haven” for coup plotters, terrorists and criminals while Greek officials state they are following established standards of international law on matters pertaining to asylum seekers.
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