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Migration - More asylum applications than from Afghans or Iraqis: Many Turks are fleeing to Switzerland

More asylum applications than from Afghans or Iraqis: Many Turks are fleeing to Switzerland

Turkish refugees want to go to Switzerland. You will soon hit a record.

The latest figures underpin a trend that has continued since the attempted coup in 2016: Asylum applications from Turkey reached a new high in July with 117 people. Meanwhile, more applications from the Bosporus reach Switzerland than from Afghanistan or Iraq. The Turks are thus the third largest group among asylum seekers. Only refugees from Eritrea (260) and Syria (145) want asylum more often. Turkey, a refugee country. This is all the more noticeable as the overall number of asylum seekers is tending to decrease.

501 Turks have applied for asylum since the beginning of the year. Last year there were 457 at the same time - 2017 was already a record year. In 2018, the number of applications is likely to be higher than it has been for almost 15 years. There is no end in sight to the trend.

It's an escape from Erdogan. The fear in the country is growing. "We lost our last hope on June 24th," says a young man from Istanbul, alluding to the early elections that confirmed the ruler in office. Many rich people have already left the country with their families and their money. "We plan to go too."

«The against us»

"The downward spiral will continue," says Mustafa Atici, Kurd and Basel SP Grand Councilor. Many more would leave the country. In his experience, these are mainly well-educated, young people. "Turkey is losing its future right now." The currency crisis does the rest. Atici does not believe that Erdogan supporters will turn away from the president because of this. «His nationalist 'you against us' statements are effective." His supporters would stick to Erdogan even in an economic crisis.

Before the coup, Turkey was not even one of the ten most important countries of origin for asylum seekers in Switzerland. That is why it is also clear to the State Secretariat for Migration: "The attempted coup in Turkey and its consequences are a decisive factor for the growing number of Turkish asylum applications abroad."

Turkish asylum seekers do not have bad chances in Switzerland. On average, 45 percent are recognized as refugees or at least temporarily admitted.