Hundreds of Commonwealth Games athletes who refused to return home after the Gold Coast event have rejected their asylum application – but they still want to become Australians
- More than 200 athletes stayed in Oz after Commonwealth Games
- Some have submitted visa applications, while others have simply disappeared
- A total of 217 visa applications were rejected and 204 immigrants filed an appeal
- The ordeal costs Australian taxpayers an estimated $ 2 million
Hundreds of athletes who traveled to Australia to participate in the Commonwealth Games have applied to stay within the country or remain missing.
At least 230 athletes and officials – mostly from Africa – have applied for protection visas, but 217 have been denied.
A total of 204 appealed to the Administrative Court of Appeal to stay in the country, while many athletes went missing before or during the Games, many without even taking part in their events.
The legal fees for Australian taxpayers have reached an estimated $ 2 million.
A third of the Cameroonian team at the Commonwealth Games has disappeared, including weightlifter Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou (photo)
At least 230 athletes and officials – mostly from Africa – have applied for protection visas, but 217 have been denied (photo: athletes from South Africa)
According to the documents from the Ministry of the Interior, at least four appeals have been rejected The courier mail.
Only six of the 230 athletes have sent officials home and one is being held in a detention center.
Official documents showed that 17 & # 39; illegal non-citizens & # 39; who participated in the Games are still in Australia, including 14 from Ghana and Rwanda.
In total, 13 remain irresponsible, while four are in custody.
A third of the Cameroonian team was missing, including weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba.
Boxers Ndzie Tchoyi, Simplice Fotsala, Fokou Arsene, Christelle Ndiag and Yombo Ulrich are also missing.
Rwanda & # 39; s weightlifting coach fled the games during a toilet break at Carrara Stadium.
Rwanda & # 39; s weightlifting coach fled from the competitions during a toilet break and Petit Minkoumba (photo) from Cameroon also disappeared
Keeping a person in detention costs $ 350,000 a year, according to a 2018 Refugee Council of Australia report.
Asylum seekers living in Australia cost more than $ 103,000 and $ 10,221 for processing costs.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Ministry of the Interior for further comments.
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