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Missing CWG athletes want asylum in Oz

Missing CWG athletes want asylum in Oz

Some of the athletes in question include Cameroon weightlifters Olivier Matam, Aka Angeline Filji and Mikoumba Petit David, and boxers Ndzie Tchoyi and Simplice Fotsala.

He is also pictured posing on some of Melbourne's city streets with his thumbs up and at a railway station by a train bound for the northeast Melbourne suburb of Morang.

The Cameroonian light flyweight champion is dressed casually in jeans and runners and in one photograph audaciously wears his red and black Commonwealth team slippers. "This is the very reason Australia is a signatory to the refugee convention", said Ms Dale.

Australian Border Force said visa overstayers were "a common feature of many major global events".

Some of the 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have been given bridging visas to stay in Australia temporarily.

According to the Daily Telegraph, some of the athletes from Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Rwanda have consulted the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Randwick to get assistance obtaining visas.

Those who are removed may face a three-year re-entry ban and could be forced to foot the bill for their removal, it said.

Cameroon's Chef de Mission Victor Agbor Nso confirmed last month eight of his country's athletes "just left in the night".

"We have people disappearing in that country and that's the kind of thing that's not often talked about, and they're the issues that push people to get out of such countries". "It's very, very disappointing and very, very embarrassing for Cameroon".

Earlier on Tuesday the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, urged the athletes to present themselves to authorities, and warned they could be deported for breaching visa conditions if they did not "self-declare".

He told news.com.au he "doesn't think they'll come back".

The athletes will be in Australia illegally from midnight tonight (local time) when their visas expire, unless they have taken legal steps to stay.

"If people have claims to make, or they have submissions to put to the department, then we'll consider all of that in due course".

The visa is said to be expiring on Tuesday, after which, if found, they will be detained and deported unless they have applications for another in progress.

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