The Netherlands granted more residence permit to Turkish nationals than to people hailing from any other country in 2017, according to BBC Turkish.

BBC Turkish said Feb 21 that 509 Turkish nationals claimed asylum in the Netherlands in 2017.

Dutch officials granted residence permit to 73 of such refugee claimants, making people from Turkey the most highly accepted refugee group in the Netherlands last year.

The Netherlands accepted 70 percent of the asylum claims by Syrians and 65 percent of those by Eritreans.

BBC Turkish said Wil Eikelboom, the head of the Association of Dutch Lawyers and Asylum Lawyers (VAJN) earlier underlined that followers of the Gulen movement were granted right to claim asylum in the Netherlands in October 2017.

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.

More than 126,000 people 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.