Istanbul: The Turkish government has issued a warning to students and teachers hoping to flee abroad through a study exchange programme.
The Ministry of Education has asked the responsible authorities in the country not to include applicants who could potentially apply for asylum abroad in the Erasmus programme, the Szc Gazetesi reported on Wednesday.
How many cases are involved was not initially clear.
The Erasmus Programme ("EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students" is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987.
Erasmus+, or Erasmus Plus, is the new programme combining all the EU's current schemes for education, training, youth and sport, which was started in January 2014.
Turkey is in a deep economic crisis, which is also clouding students' job prospects, dpa news agency reported.
In addition, the government headed by the ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is adopting an increasingly authoritarian style of government.
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