The offer is likely to spark off a new wave of hundreds of thousands of nonwhites claiming to be Turks flooding into Germany, just as the “asylum” offer to “Syrians” sparked off a similar invasion in 2015.
According to the Bayern Depesche newspaper in Germany, the government has “announced a generous asylum-grant for Turks who have been exposed to repressive measures by the Turkish authorities since the failed coup of July 15.”
The newspaper added that according to official figures, around 35,000 people were arrested on the orders of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the failed coup, and “tens of thousands” of others were released from the state service. The Federal Foreign Office has now recommended the granting of “political asylum” to all “politicians, journalists, artists, and academics” affected by Erdogan’s crackdown.
It means that anybody who can buy a Turkish passport—and that country has been named as an epicenter of the fake passport manufacturing industry, especially for those claiming to be “Syrians”—can now claim asylum in Germany by saying that they “feel persecuted.”
According to Michael Roth, the Socialist Party of Germany (SPD) Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, “All critical spirits in Turkey should know that the federal government is in solidarity with them.”
The SPD politician—who is part of Merkel’s ruling coalition—said that “Germany is a cosmopolitan country and is open to all politically persecuted persons. You can apply for asylum in Germany. This is true not only for journalists. What is currently happening in Turkey has nothing to do with our understanding of European values, the rule of law, democracy, and media freedom,” Roth said.
Dündar is editor in chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, arrested after his newspaper published footage showing the Turkish state intelligence agency, MIT, sending weapons to ISIS in Syria. He has been sentenced to jail for “leaking secret information of the state.”