615 Turkish civil servants have applied for asylum in Germany

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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday said 615 Turkish civil servants have asked for political asylum in Germany since a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016, Deutsche Welle reported.

The German minister, who spoke to Rhein Zeitung, said 250 of 615 civil servants have diplomatic passports while 365 have service passports.

Die Welt reported in August that more than 6,700 Turkish citizens have applied for asylum in Germany since the coup attempt in Turkey.

According to data from the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), a total of 3,206 Turkish nationals applied for asylum in Germany in the first six months of 2017.

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