Americas World Cup visitors try to make their Brazil stays permanent – by claiming asylum

Hundreds of Africans who traveled to Brazil on tourist visas during the World Cup have since requested political asylum. Brazil has long been an attractive destination country for immigrants, and is known for requiring little paperwork.

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Less than a week after the World Cup’s final soccer match, the green, yellow, and blue banners that decorated the streets here for the past month are slowly coming down. But not everyone who arrived during the international tournament is prepared to go home.