Turks seeking asylum in Germany hit record high in July

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The number of Turkish citizens who applied for asylum in Germany increased dramatically following the June 24 elections in Turkey, hitting a record high in July, Deutsche Welle Turkish service reported on Tuesday.

According to a report by the Rheinische Post, a total of 884 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in Germany in June and 1,172 in July.

A total of 5,107 Turkish citizens applied for asylum in the first six months of 2018.

The number of applicants was 3,206 in the same period last year.

Left Party Deputy Chairman Sevim Dagdelen told the daily that the increase in the number of Turkish asylum seekers was linked to the results of the June 24 elections in Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the presidential election in the first round, while his party secured a majority in parliament with only the support of a nationalist party ally.

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