Turks seeking asylum in Germany are highly educated 

More than half of all Turkish migrants applying for asylum in Germany have a high level of education, according to a news report by the Deutsche Welle (DW) Turkish service on Sunday.

DW Turkish said, citing a recent report by Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), that majority of the Turkish migrants who applied for asylum in 2018 had attended university.

Being the central migration authority in Germany, BAMF is responsible for registration, integration, and repatriation of migrants. The office also carries out asylum proceedings and decides about asylum applications.

As many as 59.3 percent of Turkish asylum seekers, who make up the fifth-largest group seeking asylum in the European Union, indicated in the report that they attended university in their home country.

The percentage of asylum seekers from Turkey who had received tertiary education increased compared to the 46 percent recorded in the previous year.

According to the report, another 14,5 percent of the applicants attended high school and 16,3 received education in middle school, although the report does not elaborate on whether they graduated or not.

As of 2018, there is a total of 17,332 pending cases of Turks seeking asylum. Applications being submitted mainly in Germany, followed by Greece, France, Sweden, Switzerland, and Belgium.

Asylum applications from Turkish nationals to EU countries have peaked in the aftermath of a failed military coup attempt in Turkey that took place on July 15, 2016.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s crackdown on dissent under the two-year emergency rule that followed the putsch bid was seen by rights groups as the main reason for the boost.

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