Brazilian police has said that hundreds of Ghanaian football fans who came to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup have refused to go back and are seeking asylum in the country.
Noerci da Silva Melo, who heads the Federal Police office in the city of Caxias do Sul said that over the past week 200 Ghanaians asked for asylum. The Justice Ministry will decide whether to grant their requests and in the meantime, they are allowed to work and circulate in Brazil.
Melo said close to 150 of the Ghanaians have left Caxias do Sul for the states of Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina where they have a better chance of finding employment.
Melo said the Ghanaians said they were Muslims who were “fleeing the violent conflicts between different Muslim groups.”
He said they all entered Brazil legally to watch their country’s team play in Natal, Fortaleza and Brasilia. Ghana finished last in its group, losing to the United States and Portugal and reaching a draw with Germany.