DAILYKENN.com -- Even Russia is preferred to the squaller that is sub-Saharan Africa.
Apparently the Russian government issues special visas to African sports fans. Once in Russia, many Africans refused to leave.
The crux of the problem lies not in Africa, but in Africans. They cannot run away from themselves.
From freewestmedia.com ▼
Initially, the African fans were allowed into the country as part of a good image Russia wished to convey, by expanding its showcase internationally. But the African fans have finally become a burden for the Kremlin.
As reported by Le Monde, thousands of “supporters” from abroad were able to set foot in Russia at the World Cup held last summer thanks to the “Fan ID” distributed around the world, a document written to replace the normal visa to cross the border. But the Russian Federation soon faced an obstacle: several thousand Africans have remained in the country illegally.
Satisfied with the success of the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin had extended the length of the precious document – scheduled to expire at the end of the competition – until the end of 2018.
Unfortunately, according to the Ministry of the Interior, some 12 000 people, mostly Africans, were found to be in Russia illegally after the end of this period. However, they were only 5 500 in February.
The head of a Moscow center for immigrants interviewed by Le Monde told the French daily that he had never seen so many arrivals from Africa as in the last ten years.
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