A stateless Iranian refugee lived in a Paris airport for 18 years

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An Iranian refugee lived at the airport for 18 years – and now he died there

He was the inspiration for the airport stranded man played by Tom Hanks in the movie Terminal. Iranian Merhan Karimi Nasseri died at the age of 76 at the Paris airport. He was stuck there for 18 years because he didn’t have entry papers.


Iranian Merhan Karimi Nasseri has been sitting in Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport with his few belongings since 2004.

The Iranian refugee who lived for 18 years at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and who inspired Steven Spielberg to create his film “The Terminal” is dead Mehran Karimi Nasseri died of natural causes on Saturday afternoon in Terminal 2 F of the airport in died at the age of 76. an airport spokesman confirmed. In mid-September, Nasseri, who called himself Sir Alfred, moved back to the airport after previously living in a house and most recently in a hotel.

Nasseri fled Iran for political reasons. During a stopover in 1988, an Iranian lost his documents in the transit area. He could no longer prove his refugee status and was now not allowed to travel further or leave the airport. He then settled in Terminal 1. For years he tried in vain to gain acceptance in several European countries. He was granted a visa to France in 1999, but remained in his niche under the airport escalator, where he settled.

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