Two women who were deported from Israel after their visas expired, have been taking shelter at the Larnaca airport in Cyprus for over a year. The women have been using sleeping bags to spend nights at the airport car park.
German women 'living in airport' a year after their visa expired
A German mother and daughter deported from Israel after their visas expired refuse to leave the Larnaca airport in Cyprus.
Despite the harsh weather conditions in winter and summer, the German mother and daughter have managed to get through using the airport bathrooms, restaurants and other services since August 2014.
The women were deported from Israel when their visa expired, and since then have been using the airports facilities, including wifi, shopping areas, bathrooms and restaurants. In Cyprus, reported.
Adamos Aspris, Hermes Airport spokesman, said: "The airport has offered to help the Germans on numerous occasions but they have refused any aid and seem somewhat unwilling to change their circumstances.”
However, the German mother is believed to have relatives in Israel and wants to return but is waiting for their status to be cleared.
However, the story of these two is somewhat similar to the character played by Tom Hanks in the film 'The Terminal ' who begins living at JFK Airport after being stuck in travel limbo due to being denied entry to the US, while a coup unfolds in his fictional home country of Krakozhia.
The film was based on the real life story of Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years (from 1988 to 2006), before being hospitalised and eventually transferred to a Paris homeless shelter.
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