Why Ghana World Cup fans are claiming asylum in Brazil

Nearly 200 Ghanaians have requested asylum in Brazil after visiting the country to watch the World Cup. 

According to the BBC, police say these Ghanaian Muslims are requesting asylum to flee "inter-religious conflicts in their home country." 

The fans reportedly filed for asylum in Caxias do Sul and are currently taking shelter in Roman Catholic churches in the area. 

The group made headlines last week after failing to return to Ghana via flights organized for their return. Of the 600 Ghanaian fans who came to Brazil, nearly half failed to return home.

But all is not as it seems. To learn more about what motives may be at play, watch this Newsy video. 

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