Two Turkish citizens who reportedly filed an asylum claim in Germany to avoid a persecution by the Erdogan government, are at risk of deportation to Bulgaria by the German authorities.
The two asylum seekers, who are believed to have been affiliated with the Gulen group, reportedly arrived in Germany 36 days ago via “illegal means” through Bulgaria, filed an asylum claim at Frankfurt airport. Following a month long detention and trial, they were officially denied protection by the German authorities on Wednesday. They are scheduled to be deported to Bulgaria in the coming days.
The Bulgarian government is known with its policy of deporting asylum seekers to their country of origin.
Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen group in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The government accuses the group of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.