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German 'tourist' leaves airport home for job offer

The Local/rm · 15 Feb 2012, 15:55

Published: 15 Feb 2012 15:55 GMT+01:00

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“I hope it works out for him. It is fantastic if it has been solved,” said Ingegerd Nejding of the Landvetter border police to Aftonbladet.

The 27-year-old German man had been living at the Gothenburg Landvetter airport for almost three months, having no wish to return to Germany and nowhere to go in Sweden. 

”I am ashamed. I have led a bad life. I have nowhere to go,” the man had said to Aftonbladet's reporter. 

The man slept at the airport's arrivals hall every night, most often in the prayer room. Sometimes he went in to Gothenburg centre but he always returned to the airport at night. 

With no money at all, the man only survived because the airport café supplied him with the occasional meal.

According to Aftonbladet's photographer Thomas Johansson, who saw the man last week, he did not want to divulge his name, if he had a family or who he was meant to have visited in Gothenburg.

“But he said he wanted a job and somewhere to live. I asked if he had a profession and what eduction he had and he answered 'high school'. He was sad and said he'd led a hard life and was ashamed of his situation,” said Johansson to the paper.

But now staff at the airport have told Aftonbladet that the man has been offered employment and accommodation, and that the recruiting Stockholm based company has even sent money for the 27-year-old's airfare to the capital.

And according to the airport border police, this was not the only job offer they received for the man.

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“There have been more than one company wanting to give him a job. The latest call we got was from a firm here in Gothenburg, but I don't know what kind of a job it was,” said Anci Nilsson from the border control to local paper Göteborgsposten (GP).

However, the man opted to go to Stockholm and has reportedly left the airport.

“He went to Stockholm yesterday with Malmö Aviation at 4.30pm. He had apparently been offered both work and a place to stay by someone, I heard from the arrivals hall,” Nejding told Aftonbladet.

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Your comments about this article

16:58 February 15, 2012 by hatim
So I have a job but no decent place to live (crash in a student accommodation). Should I also move to the street then?
17:11 February 15, 2012 by apelsin000
an African? Middle east? Asian?
17:39 February 15, 2012 by JLondon
I am struggling to believe this.
17:49 February 15, 2012 by Snoopy!
So there you go, all of those that post on the local & are struggling to find work or accommodation, flock to your nearest international airport like a pack of hungry seagulls squawking you have no where to live or job ....& presto you will have job offers left, right & centre & if lucky maybe even an airfare thrown in as well
18:17 February 15, 2012 by Daho
Snoopy, somehow I doubt people will flock to live three months in an airport arrival hall, even if there's a job offer in the end.
19:45 February 15, 2012 by Shapla Amin
this news sounds like OMG i peed in my pant :)
20:01 February 15, 2012 by Tanskalainen
I want a job in Sweden and a place to live! (and a blonde female to snuggle with)........(not Juholt's woman)
20:04 February 15, 2012 by jamesblish
Considering that he spent three months in an airport, I think he's deserved that job. If nothing else, he's shown a hell of a lot of dedication and perseverance.
21:35 February 15, 2012 by shozea
I am living in Sweden too am Educated and i have Masters Degree but i am struggle to live here. I am working to survived Reklam distribution because tomorrow will be another day for me. So don't understand why those company react this way. I am so happy for this gay but please look around there are lots of people struggle to live here in Sweden
22:23 February 15, 2012 by RobinHood
He wanted to fly home, but found he was on a no fly list.

Good luck with your new job Mr Bader Meinhof.
22:36 February 15, 2012 by cupidcub
Hey... what about me ???
23:06 February 15, 2012 by Kina_observer
this is very inspiring, I decide to live in the airport, who is with me? ;)
23:17 February 15, 2012 by persika
Uuh, apelsin000, why the African, Middle Eastern or Asian question? Are Caucasians too good to fail?
02:50 February 16, 2012 by GLO
I can only say Nice!
04:36 February 16, 2012 by rise
This sounds fishy.
06:43 February 16, 2012 by StockholmSam
He probably got job offers that nobody responding to this article would even consider taking.
08:31 February 16, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
Talk about a moral hazard for Sweden. Posting this article will show people that if you sit in Sweden long enough, even if you don't speak the language, sooner or later someone will take pity and hire you. I wonder if we will see half of the 3rd world filling the airport lounges soon. Lots of people in this world need jobs, this just proves that if you are annoying enough, it will happen.
09:10 February 16, 2012 by hejsweden
if its that easy i might give it a go....... dream on its not that easy!!!!
12:19 February 16, 2012 by darky
If na black man so, like the story for be na different thing... B/c na white man, they give am job..... Sweden ,,,,,
13:21 February 16, 2012 by Ranjit T Edward

Does it matter? If you do some serious investigation, the answer might disappoint you.

@persika, Well said!
13:47 February 16, 2012 by Samuel Nemalladinne
Racists ! One word... just imagine if he was brown/black !! Would have been deported or forced to leave the airport !!
14:24 February 16, 2012 by Shapla Amin
i m not white, have no job but cant understand why some people always brings racist issues on everything !!!
15:51 February 16, 2012 by an22ff
Now you know what is the criteria to get a job in Swedish companies. This is absurd, unfair and a pathetic way to do things. How responsible would a person be for a company who is irresponsible about himself.

No offence to the guy I wish him luck but I am just against those companies who wanted to hire him just coz he was on Aftonbladet, no Swedish language, no education, no experience (as they use to tell others when they reject their applications)
22:15 February 16, 2012 by grov_kvinnofridskrankning
i wish him luck,

@an22ff the swedish language sucks and should be abolished. no offense of course
23:44 February 16, 2012 by persika
@ bourgeoisieboheme I don't really see the logic in your comment when in the occurence the guy is German. Unless I missed something Germany was still a Western country right? That part of the 3rd world population tries to flee poverty by crossing over to Western countries is a thing, now don't go assuming that 3rd worlders (or even immigrants in general) are all gullible idiots.
10:53 February 17, 2012 by johnny1939
Am at loss to understand how anyone is allowed to loiter in an airport for 3 months. Why was he not given a ticket to where he came from? But I guess since he is from a country which is a member of EU it could not be done?? Still I do not understand why he was allowed to loiter in the airport for so long..anyone knows why?
14:44 February 18, 2012 by sureiam
Damn, at the AIRPORT for weeks? can we all do that without being overthrown to the street? As I see lots of homeless people at the STATIONS being harrased constantly by "POLICE" As a citizen myself , where is my ticket to a big city, an accomodation & a job.........???????
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