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German man refuses to leave Swedish airport

The Local · 14 Feb 2012, 08:13

Published: 14 Feb 2012 08:13 GMT+01:00

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”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.

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Your comments about this article

10:24 February 14, 2012 by KBCraig
He isn't named in the article.

Is he Viktor Navorski, perhaps?
11:06 February 14, 2012 by mmf_smily
hehe, may be he got inspired from The terminal movie :)
15:50 February 14, 2012 by stoltz
sooo Merkel what to do?

one more dissed by the German ,,crap with paying helth ins, for no purp,and a nother fee of 320 € a month to be legal , then you inport Indians to fix the banking isuuses ,,,goood work ya with the ppl starving more ! ""

E viva
21:26 February 14, 2012 by joysonabraham
By the time i finished reading this news. I forgot Sweden. Utopia was in my mind.

People felt sorry, he is no problem to anyone, they offered him meals, they offered him job, he feels ashamed.

What they will do if 100 others turn up or is something missing in this whole story.

May be he looks very good or behaves very well, usually its even hard to see someone offering a few cents to a beggar freezing and sitting crouched with his open hands.
22:30 February 14, 2012 by ovalle3.14
If he were a Mexican in a US airport, the police would be locking his ass up in no time. Ah, cette monde...
14:31 February 15, 2012 by Jeffvm
Prayer rooms are indeed excellent places to sleep in airports; comfy, warm. quiet and even available for sleepy atheists. I've tested them in Athens and Taipei.
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