More than 3,000 Turkish nationals apply for asylum in Germany this year

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A migrant carries his child as he walks on a railway line at the border post of Idomeni, some 600 km North of Athens, on the border Greece-Macedonia on April 21, 2015. Since Greece bolstered controls along its land border with Turkey along the Evros River, illegal immigrants have turned to the maritime route between Turkey and the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, notably Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Chios. 2015 started with a major increase in the number of Aegean crossings : 10,445 against 2,863 in the same period of 2014, according to the Greek port police. AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS

More than 3,000 Turkish nationals have applied for asylum in Germany between January and August of 2018, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported on Wednesday.

According to Sevim Dağdelen, deputy chair of Germany’s Left Party parliamentary group, half of the 3,248 applications received have been approved so far.

Dağdelen said the situation indicated that “democracy and the rule of law are trapped under wreckage in Turkey.”

“Under these circumstances, anyone who talks about a normalization in relations between Turkey and Germany with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is politically irresponsible and is betraying the democratic opposition in Turkey,” she added.

Dağdelen recommended that the German government halt European Union negotiations with Turkey, say “no” to enlargement of the customs union and stop arms exports to Turkey.

Turkish refugees in Europe is a new phenomenon that surged after a foiled coup attempt in 2016, after when the Turkish government started a crackdown on dissent.

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