Three post-coup government decrees, issued on Jan. 6, 2017, enabled authorities to strip Turkish nationals living abroad of their citizenship if they do not come back in three months after they were summoned as part of an investigation or prosecution.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan previously stated that the government would do its part to revoke citizenship of people who have fled the country in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt.
Justice Ministry will issue a ‘return home’ call in the official gazette for those in abroad. If they don’t respond to the call within 3 months, their citizenship will be revoked by a cabinet decision on Justice Ministry’s proposal, Turkish Minute said.
Thousands of people escaped Turkey fearing persecution amid post-coup purge that caused detention of 80,000 people and arrest of 40,000. Meanwhile, 120,000 people have lost their jobs.