Nearly 200 Ghana World Cup fans seek asylum in Brazil

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Fans arrive before the Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Fans arrive before the Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Fans arrive before the Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: A Ghana fan takes a picture during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: A Ghana fan looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Ghana's fans cheer during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ghana fan cheers during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Fans arrive before the Group G match between Portugal and Ghana at Estadio Nacional on June 26, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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Why Ghana World Cup Fans Are Requesting Asylum In Brazil


(Reuters) - Nearly 200 Ghana fans at the World Cup have requested asylum in a southern Brazilian city over the past week and officials see the count rising sharply, according to a state news agency.

Federal police in Caxias do Sul told Agencia Brasil on Thursday they expect more than 1,000 fans from Ghana to request asylum after entering the country on tourist visas to attend the month-long soccer tournament.

Ghana played matches in the capital Brasilia and the northeastern cities Natal and Fortaleza before their elimination in the first phase of the World Cup. Job prospects have drawn previous waves of African immigrants to southern Brazil. (Reporting by Brad Haynes. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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