Greek authorities anticipate spike in Turkish appeals for political asylum


TAGS: Migration, Turkey

Greek authorities are anticipating a significant increase in applications for political asylum from Turkish nationals fleeing their homeland amid a continuing crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kathimerini understands.

The last major case involved 17 Turkish nationals who arrived on the islets of Oinousses last Monday.

They were initially transferred to a reception center on nearby Chios before being moved, in a secret operation, to Piraeus.

According to official government figures, 1,827 Turkish citizens lodged applications for asylum in Greece last year.