Ghana Says Asylum Request From Nationals in Brazil is Baseless

Citing religious violence at home, close to 200 Ghanaians have applied to stay permanently in Brazil.

updated: July 11, 2014 22:22 IST
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The refugee request is the latest off-the pitch scandal surrounding Ghana's disastrous 2014 World Cup.

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Accra: Some 200 Ghanaians who travelled to Brazil to watch the football World Cup and have applied to stay permanently, citing religious violence at home, have no legitimate claim to asylum, Ghana said Friday.

The make-up of the group, including their religion and home region is not yet clear, but they have reportedly told Brazilian authorities that inter-religious violence between rival Muslim groups has made it unsafe to return to Ghana.

"The basis for the alleged request for the asylum is completely untrue," Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu told Ghana's independent Citi FM radio station.

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