Via Al-Monitor – Well-educated, qualified young people from Turkey’s “Gezi generation,” which led mass anti-government protests in the summer of 2013, are increasingly emigrating to the West, having lost hope in the future of their country.
Via Ahval – Emigration from Turkey increased by 42.5 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, with 253,640 people leaving the country, more than 40 percent of them aged between 20 and 34, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said on Wednesday.
Turkey’s largest city Istanbul had the largest emigrant population with almost 30 percent of the total, followed by the capital Ankara and the southern city of Antalya.
The decline in Turkey’s democracy and the government’s purge against the opposition following a failed coup attempt in 2016 are usually cited as main factors behind the increase in the number of people leaving Turkey, which some government critics have called an exodus.
Meanwhile 466,333 people migrated to Turkey in 2017, an increase of 22 percent compared to the previous year. Some 27 percent of the immigrants are from Iraq, according to TurkStat data, which excludes Syrians staying in Turkey under temporary protection status.
This article was originally published by Ahval.
Via Ekathimerini – A former MP for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey has expressed her intention to apply for asylum in Greece. Continue reading Former Kurdish MP from Turkey to appeal for asylum in Greece
Via Turkeypurge – Yet another 3 people were caught while they were reportedly on their way to escape from Turkey with illegal means, media said Sunday. Continue reading Doctor, teacher, web developer detained while fleeing from Turkey to Greece
Via Infomigrants – A new migrant route from Turkey has been opened up by human traffickers – particularly Ukrainian and Russian – to transport migrants to Europe, mainly through Italy. In recent weeks, the smugglers have used sailboats and landed on the beaches of Sicily at night. Continue reading New migrant route involves sailboats from Turkey
Via Infomigrants (1st August) – The migrant route from Turkey to Europe is rising in popularity. Some 14,470 people trying to use it have been stopped by the Turkish Coast Guard so far in 2018, a 60 percent increase on the previous year. Continue reading Migrant route from Turkey more popular
Via Ahval News (19th July) – A boat that capsized on the Maritsa river on the Greek-Turkish border was likely carrying Turkish civil servants fleeing the crackdown after the July 2016 coup attempt, four of whom are still missing, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported on Thursday.
Greek authorities have rescued three men, a woman and a child from the boat, according to the newspaper.
Via Ahval News (20th July)– The bodies of a Turkish mother and one of her three missing children have been found on the shore of the Maritsa river on the Greek-Turkish border, Turkish news sources reported on Friday.
Hatice Akçabay and the body of her one-year-old son were discovered in Edirne province on the Turkish side of the Maritsa, known is Greece as the River Evros. Akçabay’s two older sons, four and six years of age, are still missing.
Via Ahval News (22th July) – The number of Turkish citizens granted asylum have doubled in Germany in comparison to last year, according to a report by the country’s Federal Migration and Refugee Department quoted by independent news platform T24.
Turkey is now the third biggest source of those granted asylum in the country behind Syria and Iraq and ahead of countries including Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia, the report said.
The boat was carrying 16 people , including those allegedly linked to the Gülen movement, which Turkey accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt in 2016. Six people including three babies were drowned after the boat sank off Ayvalık in northwest Turkey. Nine people were rescued by the coast guard, while one person is still missing.