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这是Mehran Karimi Nasseri先生的家——大家通常称之为阿尔弗雷德先生
This was the home of Mehran Karimi Nasseri—better known as Sir Alfred.
在家中 他做一些日常家庭事务 比如吃饭 睡觉
In his home he did normal home things like eat, sleep,
wash up, relax—really the only
thing that made his home unique was
that it was Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle
Airport…which looks like a Stalinist designeddonut.
After the third hour being told that your flight will board
in 15 minutes it can start
to feel like you’ll be stuck
in the airport forever but I guarantee that you’ve never
been as delayed as Sir Alfred.
Thanks to an inescapable infinite loop
of bureaucracy Sir Alfred landed at CDG in 1988
and he didn’t leave until 2006.
Sir Alfred, born in Iran,
grew up fairly comfortably with his dad being a doctor for an oil company.
When he was 27, though,
Alfred found himself protesting against the monarchy in Iran, which
was eventually toppled, but before that he was expelled
from the country and his citizenship was revoked.
With that he was stateless.
About 1 in 750 people globally are stateless.
That is, they aren’t officially citizensof any country.
Unfortunately this isn’t the miracle solutionto evading taxes and laws.
It’s a major inconvenience that stops people
from getting social benefits, traveling, and more.
There are a lot
of ways people can become stateless but one major one is plotting to
overthrow the government of a country likeAlfred allegedly did.
After bouncing around for a bit,
Sir Alfred was eventually granted refugee status by Belgium,
also known as the Francerlands.
Soon after Alfred’s dad died his
mom revealed she was not actually Alfred’s mom and that
he had been born out of an affair his dad had
with a Scottish nurse.
There were pros and cons to this.
Pro: Alfred would be eligible for Britishcitizenship.
Con: Alfred would not be eligible
under Iranian law to receive his father’s inheritance…
oh and his whole life was a lie.
As a stateless person,
Alfred wanted to make his way to London to apply for citizenship
but somehow he lost his refugee papers.
He says they were stolen, others say he got rid of them.
Quick side note:
Sir Alfred had told tons of different versions of his story so almost
every article you’ll read
about this will have a slightly different story but the consensus
seems to be that Alfred left France lite,
went to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, somehow
boarded a plane, and flew to London.
Now, this shouldn’t have happened because,
in order to fly internationally, you have
to have a valid passport and visa and Sir Alfred did not.
It was probably an airline mistake.
Nowadays, airlines are fined an average of $ 3,500
for each passenger they fly without
a valid passport or visa and they have
to fly the passenger back to their origin free of charge.
Upon arrival to the UK,
not having any passport to get in, Sir Alfred was turned right back
around and placed on a plane back to Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 1.
But, for the same reason he couldn’t enter the UK,
Sir Alfred also couldn’t enter France.
Normally the protocol in this case would be
to send the person back to their home country
where they could, in an emergency,
enter without a passport but Sir Alfred had no home country
so he couldn’t enter France and
he couldn’t fly anywhere meaning he was well and truly
stuck in Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal1.
After a brief stint in jail he set up shop
on this bench and that’s where he lived
for the next 18 years.
The airport had everything he needed—bathrooms, food,
even a doctor which, being in the stalinist,
socialist donut was, of course, free.
Now, there were attempts to get Sir
Alfred the refugee papers he needed but to do so
he would need to go to Belgium and, of course,
without the refugee papers he couldn’t leave
the airport to go to Belgium.
It was an infinite loop of bureaucracy.
It’s worth noting that Sir Alfred was actually
in the public area before security during
his stay but it would’ve been illegal
for him to step outside even if nothing was physically stopping him.
Eventually, after about 10 years,
both France and Belgium offered him residency but he refused
to sign the papers that would finalize this
as they listed him as Iranian—in his mind,
he was anything but that.
Some say Sir Alfred’s mental state deteriorated
as the years racked up but it seemed that
he perhaps grew fond of his airport home and he had made friends there.
For most of the early years he relied
on his savings—there was a bank in the airport—and
the occasional money that strangers who heard his
story gave or sent him—there was a post
office too—but in 2004,
while he was still in the airport, he published his autobiography
which made him some money and DreamWorks Pictures
paid him $ 250,000 as they were making the film, the Terminal.
This Spielberg movie was not based
off of Sir Alfred’s story but rather loosely inspired
so the payment was mostly legal cover to be sure
that Sir Alfred wouldn’t later sue.
In interviews around this time he kept saying
he was weeks away from leaving but, eventually,
his departure did not come by choice.
In 2006 he was hospitalized for six months
with medical issues and after, rather than
returning to the airport,
he eventually settled down in a Paris homeless shelter where he’s
lived ever since.
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