A group of 23 people, including children, arrived on the Greek island of Chios | Photo: picture-alliance/G. Siamidis
A group of 23 people, including children, arrived on the Greek island of Chios | Photo: picture-alliance/G. Siamidis

More than 20 Turkish citizens who say they have been persecuted in their home country have fled to Greece to seek asylum. Greek news reports say they include families with children.

Greek news channel Skai reported on Tuesday that 23 people had crossed over by boat from the Turkish port Cesme to the Greek island of Chios on August 6.

The group, which includes children, are all reportedly seeking asylum in Greece.

One of the migrants told Skai that he was a policeman in Turkey until he and his family received threats. He said he had paid 5,000 euros for the journey.

Another man said he worked as a customs officer and had paid 2,000 euros to the owner of the boat that took him to Greece.

Turkish citizens who reach Greece are separated from other migrants and taken to Athens for their asylum procedure.

Greek authorities do not publish official numbers, so it is not known how many Turkish citizens overall have sought asylum in Greece in the past few years.

The most famous example of an attempt to seek asylum was during the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when eight soldiers fled to Greece in an army helicopter. Athens is still refusing to extradite them.

With dpa

 

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