The ridiculous but true story of Merhan Nasseri.
A political refugee expelled from Iran in 1977, various lengths of red tape saw “Sir Alfred” Nasseri stuck at Charles De Gaulle airport in France from 1988-1999. Throughout his stay he relied on donations from travellers to survive.
When he was finally granted French residency in 1999, Merhan liked the airport so much that he couldn’t bring himself to leave. As far as anyone knows, he is still there:
According to the Sept. 27, 1999 New York Times, Nasseri has now been granted permission to leave the Paris airport. But he doesn’t want to go. He was still there as of Dec. 5, 2001, according to a brief report on that date in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.