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Australia AWOL African athletes have visas to stay

03:51  16 may  2018
03:51  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  Up to 19 African athletes who fled the Commonwealth Games village turn up in Sydney seeking advice on 'how to stay in Australia' The competitors - who are believed to be from Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra, Ghana and Leone, will face deportation from Australia or detention from midnight Tuesday. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cameroon's Chef de Mission has given up hope of finding eight athletes (pictured is one, Oliver Heracles Matam Matam) who vanished during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Weightlifter Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji is one of the athletes from Cameroon who remain missing Solicitor Ben Lumsdaine from RACS refused to reveal details on individual cases however stated there was

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

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has refused to acknowledge reports some of 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have All Extracted Terms (Click to add to search.) AWOL African athletes have visas to stay athletes visas .

Cameroon's flagbearer Essiane Clotilde leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games© ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Cameroon's flagbearer Essiane Clotilde leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has refused to acknowledge reports some of 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have obtained bridging visas to stay in Australia temporarily.

Mr Dutton has instead urged the competitors to give themselves up as the visas they were issued for the Gold Coast Games expired at midnight on Tuesday.

However, the head of a service that helps refugees migrate to Australia says some of the missing group already have bridging visas.

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

Some of the 11 African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have been given bridging visas to stay in Australia temporarily. You have reached ESPN's UK edition. Stay on current site or go to US version.

"I know some of them have already had interviews with immigration," said David Addington, the chairman of Sydney's Northern Beaches Refugee Sanctuary.

"I know that some of them have already been given bridging visas ... so you don't get detained."

Refugee Advice and Casework Service principal solicitor Sarah Dale has also told AAP her Sydney legal centre helped a number of the athletes lodge applications for protection before their Games visas expired.

Mr Dutton has nonetheless called for the athletes to present themselves to Australian Border Force officers.

"If people have breached their visa conditions ... enforcement action will take place to identify those people and to deport them if they don't self-declare," he said in Melbourne on Tuesday.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says the athletes shouldn't be allowed to stay.

The missing athletes include five boxers and three wrestlers from Cameroon, two athletes from Uganda and a Rwandan Paralympic powerlifting coach.

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