Nearly 2,000 Turks applied for asylum in Greece in 2017, about ten times as many as the year before, German weekly Der Spiegel said March 8.

“In addition, there are thousands of Turkish migrants who secretly live in the country or bought real estate and have therefore been granted a residence permit,” the magazine also added.

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 movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

Some 150,000 have lost their jobs, more than 126,000 have been detained and some 56,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.

Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.

A Turkish family of five drowned after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea while en route to the Greek island of Lesvos in late November, 2017. Meanwhile, at least three people died and four others were missing after a boat carrying a group of eight capsized in the Maritsa River while seeking to escape a post-coup crackdown in Turkey, last month.

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