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 Missing Athletes Could be Refugees
Charles
 Posted: Apr 13 2018, 08:50 AM
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Commonwealth Games: Missing athletes could be genuine refugees, advocates say

By Ashleigh Stevenson

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Photo: Eight Cameroon athletes gone missing, according to the team's Chef de Mission. (ABC News)

Some Commonwealth Games athletes who have disappeared from the Gold Coast Athletes Village could have legitimate cases for asylum in Australia because of human rights concerns in their home countries, the Refugee Council of Australia says.

The Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed there were reports Rwandan and Ugandan athletes were missing, along with eight competitors from Cameroon.

Two squash players from Sierra Leone are also being looked for.

A Gold Coast migration agent said his business had spoken to more than 40 Commonwealth Games athletes, mostly from African nations, inquiring about how to stay in Australia.

Refugee Council CEO Paul Power said the likelihood of a successful asylum claim would depend on the athletes' personal circumstances.

"The refugee definition requires someone to show that they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on their political beliefs or their religious beliefs or their ethnicity or social group," Mr Power said.

"It is a fairly high threshold and certainly not an easy process for people to be able to demonstrate that.

"But certainly, from what we know about the situation in Cameroon it is possible."

Immigration law specialist Simon Jeans said the athletes would need to apply for a protection visa and would be able to live and work in the country on a bridging visa while their application was processed.

"They'd have a sporting visa of fairly short validity and they would need to apply for a protection visa before the expiry of that visa," he said.

"In the case of Cameroon, there are human rights problems, there's a general terrorist threat from Boko Haram and if you read the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel advice they have a high level of caution."

Mr Jeans said it may take years for a decision to be made on whether a protection visa is granted.

"At the moment, the department is concentrating on the boat arrival cases so they may not find out for between one-and-a-half and two years," he said.

"If the case was unsuccessful they could appeal to a tribunal — that could take anywhere from another one to two years.

"If they lived in Victoria, there's a significant backlog in the courts of three years.

"If they're a talented athlete, the [Immigration] Minister may consider that worthy of granting a visa and then they can compete for Australia."


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-13/missing-comm-games-athletes-may-be-legitimate-asylum-seekers/9651726

The final sentence in this report is more than a little disturbing. It suggests that someone who might contribute to Australia's medal tally in the future is more valued than a refugee who has suffered genuine persecution in their homeland. These athletes have probably been placed on a pedestal in their own country but, having witnessed the lifestyle in Australia, are looking for a shortcut to stay here. It's called cheating. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_angry002.gif

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 Posted: Apr 13 2018, 11:06 AM
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Here we go again They were here on trust they are criminals And what does a athlete contribute?

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"If they're a talented athlete, the [Immigration] Minister may consider that worthy of granting a visa and then they can compete for Australia."

One could use the same logic and apply it to people who know about explosives and assault rifles and terrorism, they could help defend the county against terrorists.

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"If they're a talented athlete, the [Immigration] Minister may consider that worthy of granting a visa and then they can compete for Australia."


Shouldn't make any difference but sadly it seems to, and I think it has for quite some time now. Not just a new trend.

One thing about though, they are all black so cannot be accused of "white privilege" eh? http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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Another distraction against the murdered south africans How low can the goverment go not bottomed out yet Being representatives c would that not be black privileged They betrayed their country send to canberra

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I can't understand the approach by the Immigration Minister, regarding their alleged talent! What's that got to do with breaking the laws? They are, for a start, letting their own country down by walking away from the Commonwealth Games, even with their short-term visas. Untrustworthy people that you wouldn't imagine would be good law abiding citizens! http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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bet the white south africans would like that favourtisim
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QUOTE (Phillip J. @ Apr 13 2018, 07:04 PM)
I can't understand the approach by the Immigration Minister, regarding their alleged talent! What's that got to do with breaking the laws? They are, for a start, letting  their own country down by walking away from the Commonwealth Games, even with their short-term visas. Untrustworthy people that you wouldn't imagine would be good law abiding citizens!  http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif


Hi Phillip. The comment wasn't made by the Immigration Minister, it was made by a spokesman for the Refugee Council who said, "If they're a talented athlete, the [Immigration] Minister may consider that worthy of granting a visa and then they can compete for Australia."
That's not to say that some of our weak-kneed pollies wouldn't agree. Hopefully Peter Dutton isn't among them.

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We /I do tend to believe that nothing is to immoral for this or most of the thieves and liars
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More great news from the annals of 'Who-Ever -Is- Responsible' for the never-ending queue of un-skilled, un-talented, insurgents, dole-bludgers, welfare cheats and the plethora of humans entering Australia while the situation is over-ruled by political stupidity of incompetent people in authority and the cretins who make the dooey-goodey-goodey rules that tell hard-working Australians that we have to tolerate the scum that creeps through the cracks, and the Australians who made this country great are supposed to bust our guts paying high taxes so the races of people from countries where they do sweet-FA to better their lot and expect Australians to be their slaves.

We are supposed to care for ultimate losers from hundreds of thousand of years ago......!!!...Enn Ooo..NO!

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