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By SI Wire
July 11, 2014

After traveling to Brazil to watch their national team in the World Cup, 200 Ghana fans have requested asylum in hopes of staying in the country, reports and the BBC.

The Ghanaians are all Muslims who are seeking to escape violent intra-Islamic religious conflict in their home country. All of the prospective refugees entered Brazil legally and believe they can find better living and working conditions in Brazil.

According to the report, the Catholic Church's Migrant Support Centre is giving the Ghanaians temporary shelter and is assisting them in preparing their asylum requests, all of which are being made in the southern city of Caxias do Sul, more than 1,000 miles from the three cities where Ghana's national team played its World Cup games.

The Guardian reports that another 1,000 Ghanaians are expected to request refugee status once the World Cup is over. The report also states that the region the Ghanaians have filed their requests in has become an area known for a high volume of foreign workers.

Ghana's national team finished last in its group in the World Cup, losing to the United States and Portugal and drawing with Germany.

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