At least 995 Turkish citizens have applied for refugee protection in Greece after they run away from the post-coup crackdown in their hometown, according to local data.
The local paper Kathimerini said the immigration office in Greece has determined the number of post-coup asylum seekers from Turkey as 995.
Turkish asylum seekers have considerably mounted in the past 6 months as the corresponding number was only 236 in February, the newspaper said.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, last year, after which the government launched an all-out war against its dissidents, especially the Gülen movement, Kurdish minority and academics from many different backgrounds. More than 120,000 people have been detained and 55,000 were put in pre-trial arrest while thousands of passports have been revoked since July 15, 2016. Amid the crackdown, many people attempted illegal entry to Greece with some having been arrested near the border and, on some occasions, drowned in the Evros river between the two countries.
At least 408 Turkish citizens claimed asylum in Switzerland in one year after the abortive coup while 620 others sought refuge in Germany in the same period.