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After 30 years in Nuremberg: Family father deported to Turkey

After 30 years in Nuremberg: Family father deported to Turkey

Murat Akgül came to Nuremberg as a child - now he asks again for asylum - 07.08.2019 06:00 Uhr

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Nach 30 Jahren in Nürnberg: Familienvater in Türkei abgeschoben
Murat Akgül kam als Kind nach Nürnberg - nun bittet er erneut um Asyl - 07.08.2019 06:00 Uhr

NÜRNBERG - Four children, a condominium and a secure job: Murat Akgül's life in Germany seemed to stand on secure foundations. But then the father of the family was deported to Turkey. Back in Germany he had to apply for asylum - and no longer had a work permit.

Murat Akgül (35) at the Federal Office for Migration in Zirndorf.© Photo: Private

"The police took me with them," wrote her husband Murat Akgül (35). The next sign of life of the fourfold father, who has lived in Nuremberg for 30 years, came from Turkey. The Kurd with a Turkish passport had been deported.

While Leyla Akgül was in shock and her husband's employer, a large cleaning company, missed his long-time employee, the man immediately disappeared in Turkey. His lawyer Yunus Ziyal says that this was also urgently recommended. Because the Turkish state pursues members of the Kurdish minority with full hardness. Murat Akgül, who has since returned illegally via the Balkan route under life-threatening conditions, says: "If I had been arrested, I would have had to reckon with 30 years' imprisonment.

Even critical Facebook comments are threatened with imprisonment in the country. There are also numerous investigations in Bavaria, including one against a cellist of the Munich Philharmonic who shared a contribution by Bayerischer Rundfunk on his Facebook account: he showed the YPG flag.

Increasing harshness

The state security also accuses the 35-year-old Nuremberg of waving this flag of the Kurdish organization YPG. He had participated in New Year celebrations, demos and festivals organized by the Kurdish association "Medya Volkshaus" in Südstadt. Hard to understand: Although the YPG is a military ally of the West in the fight against the "Islamic State", it is also considered an ally of the Kurdish PKK, which is banned in Germany. Akgül denies all accusations.

What his lawyer Ziyal describes as "absolutely common political commitment" led in his case to deportation. For even though the political conditions in Erdogan's state apparatus are being assessed more and more critically, the German state security is even pursuing alleged extremists with increasing severity. Upon request, the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior lists 29 cases of deportations with such reasons in the past three years, and the number is rising. The majority of those affected have left voluntarily, they say.

These four children have missed their father for three months: Mirza (10), Baran (1), Sarya (3) and Amara (13), the eldest, live with their parents in Nuremberg's Südstadt.© Photo: Private

"I'm a citizen, not a felon," says Akgül, defending himself against the accusations. Upon his arrival in Istanbul, he was immediately questioned by customs, the airport police and the police headquarters about the reasons for his deportation. Just because the German side had apparently not provided this information and he was silent, he was released for the time being - and submerged.

Four children between the ages of one and 13, a condominium in the Südstadt, a long-term settlement permit, a secure job. Murat Akgül's life in Germany seemed to stand on secure foundations until that morning in May. Now he must be glad that his boss is committed to him.

"A great guy

"He's done a great job, he's a great guy", is how Norbert Renner, technical director of the Rahmer company, describes his Turkish employee, whose job he's keeping free; this could be necessary for quite a while, because Murat Akgül had to apply for asylum in Zirndorf because he's threatened with persecution in Turkey - and thus no longer has a work permit.

He and his parents were granted asylum in Germany many years ago because of the threat of persecution in Turkey. But then the family renounced protection on the assumption that the peace process in the Kurdish conflict was on the right track. They finally wanted to visit relatives in Turkey. It came differently, the conflict escalated again, but the asylum status was lost.

The 35-year-old is back with his family, which missed him so much. Yet nothing is the same as before. Leyla Akgün says that her life has been put at zero from one day to the next and that her nightmare has not yet come to an end.

Claudine Stauber, local editor Nuremberg