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Ghana government disputes World Cup fans' Brazil asylum bid

Published on: 11 July 2014
Ghana disputes World Cup fans' Brazil asylum bid

Ghana's government has said the country has no religious violence, after 200 Ghanaian World Cup fans asked for asylum in Brazil.

The fans said they were Muslims fleeing religious conflict, according to Brazilian police.

The group are believed to be part of a government-sponsored delegation, mainly comprising supporters of the governing party.

Ghana is seen as one of West Africa's most peaceful and prosperous countries.

"The basis for this alleged request is completely false as no religious conflict is taking place in Ghana," said a statement from Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu.

"Ghana's mission in Brazil has been instructed to liaise with the Brazilian authorities to investigate the matter," he said.

They have filed their applications in the southern city of Caxias do Sul, in one of Brazil's most prosperous areas.

The Brazilian authorities believe many of the Ghanaians are looking for the right to work legally in the country.

"This region - Serra Gaucha - is known as an area of full employment. It has became a magnet for foreign workers," federal police chief Noerci da Silva Melo said in Caxias do Sul.

"You go through the streets and you can see many Haitians and Senegalese selling pirate CDs and watches. The area is overcrowded now," Mr Melo told the news agency Agencia Brasil.

Police said another 1,000 Ghanaians are expected to request refugee status once the tournament is over.

However, Ghana's Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga told the BBC he doubted this.

Those who have requested asylum are believed to be part of the official group of 650 fans sent to Brazil to support the national team.

Officials have previously said that the delegation mostly comprised supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Caxias do Sul is more than 1,600 km (1,000 miles) away from the venues where the Ghanaian team played - the north-eastern cities of Natal and Fortaleza and in the capital, Brasilia.

Brazilian legislation allows potential refugees to work legally in the country once they have filed for asylum.

Most of the Ghanaian asylum-seekers in Caxias do Sul have been given shelter by local Roman Catholic churches.


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • Yes yes says:
    July 11, 2014 10:31 pm
    Nothing but economic refugees.
  • King says:
    July 11, 2014 12:13 pm
    Why the hell shd u seek asylum in Brasilia to sell pirated CDs. This criminal. These guys cld equally do same in gh. Ooooooh poor country gh governen by clueless NDC government. As an NDC member myself, I ve come to realize this govt is full of mediocrity n lazy thinkers who do not want to think outside the box.
  • awass says:
    July 11, 2014 12:18 pm
    Who shd we blame 4 diz...........
  • woode says:
    July 11, 2014 01:24 pm
    A crying shame. So now you want to leave chorkor and live in the Favelas? Shame on them all!!!
  • @woode says:
    July 11, 2014 02:13 pm
    You a big fool. Who will like to live in this suicide country where there is so much hardship. Blame this stupid NDC govt for the woes.
  • gh says:
    July 11, 2014 02:19 pm
    flee from nyantekyi and mahama
  • owusu says:
    July 11, 2014 03:54 pm
    Difficult to believe they are ghanaians.Think they are actually nigerians.
  • Zambia Soccerman says:
    July 11, 2014 04:55 pm
    Is selfmad Nigerian? They are all Ghanaians.
  • Kofi says:
    July 11, 2014 05:17 pm
    Why should I come back to Ghana where poverty surrounds you,no power,running water etc.I will stand by my ground and hope this funtional Brazzillian govnt grants me asylum.
  • Tony says:
    July 11, 2014 05:38 pm
    Bring them bk home ,we want our pple bk.
  • Blank Stars says:
    July 11, 2014 07:30 pm
    Ghana must go!!!!!!!
  • Josh says:
    July 12, 2014 08:19 am
    Dis Ghanaians are becoming a nuisance .
  • Zambian fan says:
    July 12, 2014 10:43 am