Grant asylum for teachers stuck in Greece

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Photo: Gokhan Açıkkollu, 42-years-old, had previously worked as a history teacher at Gulenist affiliated private schools was detained following the coup attempt in July 2016 and tortured to death in a Turkish prison. He was found innocent after 1,5 years and reinstated to his duty(!) on 20.02.2018

Please grant asylum rights to Turkish teachers who fled to Greece and help them receive financial aid and health service.

Since July 2016, Turkish authorities have arrested over 50,000 people, including journalists and intellectuals. Around 150,000 Turks have both had their passports revoked and lost their jobs as police officers, soldiers, teachers and public servants. Many of those detained are members of the Hizmet movement, which was founded by the Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen. For some, the solution was to leave Turkey and find work in another country, where they could have a better life and avoid prosecution.

Thousands of teachers in Turkey were among the 150,000 civil servants dismissed from their jobs after the failed coup in July 2016. Some who were dismissed tried to flee to Greece to avoid arrest or find work. More than 12,000 Turks applied for asylum in Europe for the first time in 2017, according to Eurostat.

Life as a refugee is getting very harsh in Greece. The Greek authorities are not recently granting asylum cards to Turkish citizens since the last visit of Erdogan. Without this temporary ID card, they cannot receive any social help or health services. Turkey is not in the list of EU's safe refugee relocation programme, thus hundreds of teachers are now stuck in Greece without a job or any means of social help.

Please grant asylum rights to Turkish teachers in Greece to receive financial aid and health service.