The number of Turkish nationals claiming asylum in 28 EU countries plus Norway and Switzerland has increased by  2,590 or 39 percent in the first half of 2018, a recent report noted.

Malta-based the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) released asylum statistics compiled from EU+ countries, which groups 28 EU members together with Norway and Switzerland.

At least 2,590 more Turkish citizens claimed asylum in the first half of this year comparing to the same period a year ago.

In an earlier report, EASO said a total of 16,640 Turkish nationals claimed asylum EU+ countries in 2017.

The reason for the mass exodus from Turkey was Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown against its critics: Gulen movement supporters, Kurdish minority, journalists, academics and people from many other circles.

Turkish government accuses Gulenists for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 160,000 people have been detained over Gulen links in Turkey since the summer of 2016.