German man refuses to leave Swedish airport
The Local · 14 Feb 2012, 08:13
Published: 14 Feb 2012 08:13 GMT+01:00
”I am ashamed. I have led a bad life. I have nowhere to go,” the 27-year-old man told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet without elaborating further.
According to the paper, the man turned up at the airport in Gothenburg in south-western Sweden with a suitcase and a passport. But he refused to go home - or anywhere else. The border police, who see the man every day, said that they have no plans to make him leave.
”People feel sorry for him. He is no trouble at all, and fits in well among the travellers at the airport,” border police head Ingerd Nejding, told the Aftonbladet.
The man sleeps at the airport every night, most often in the prayer room. If he manages to get some money for the bus he sometimes goes in to Gothenburg city but he always returns to the airport at night.
He reportedly has no money at all and only survives because the airport café supplies him with the occasional meal. On Sunday, the border police believed he had left after being offered a job, but he later turned up again.
The police, the church and the German embassy are now all trying to help the man.
”We'll see. Sooner or later he'll probably just take off. He must get tired of being here. It can't be that fun. We're all hoping it will work out for him,” Nejding told the paper.