Turkey has blocked the entry of many German citizens of Kurdish and Alevi origin entering the country recently.
In a statement made in Berlin recently, Germany’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Marin Schafer said they were aware of many instances of citizens not being allowed into Turkey. “We are investigating,” Deutsche Welle Turkish reported Schafer saying.
The spokesman also said it was difficult to find a solution as relations were strained between Berlin and Ankara.
Speaking to DW, Ufuk Cakir, an official of the Alevi Associations Federation in Germany, also confirmed reports saying many people had been refused entry and that most of them were Kurdish and Alevi.
Relations between Turkey and Germany have hit rock bottom in a series of scandals that include cases of espionage, accusations of supporting ‘terrorist groups’ and the prevention of Turkish ministers from holding rallies in Germany.
Viewed as minorities in Turkey, Kurds and Alevis make up at least 40% of the population and are thought to make up the largest opposition to the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party government.