A Syrian refugee who was compelled to spend seven months in a Malaysian airport has been granted asylum by Canada.
Hassan al Kontar landed in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, UK time, having been in limbo at Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport’s worth vary terminal since March.
The 36-year-old’s plight has been adopted by people across the globe after he shared posts on social media of his life throughout the airport, surviving on donated airline meals, washing and giving himself a haircut throughout the bogs.
He was blocked from coming into Malaysia as a consequence of visa factors nonetheless was barred from travelling to completely different worldwide places.
Ultimate month the earlier insurance coverage protection promoting and advertising and marketing supervisor was detained by immigration officers who talked about they wished to deport him once more to his war-torn homeland, which he remaining visited in 2008.
Nonetheless Canadian volunteers fought for him to attain asylum and on Monday officers launched him once more to the airport he spent seven months in to get on a flight to Canada by means of Taiwan.
Arriving in Vancouver, he was greeted by Laurie Cooper, who with the help of fellow residents from Whistler ski resort and the British Muslim Affiliation, launched him to Canada and raised virtually $15,000 (£eight,865) for a latest start.
“I’ve carried out my time in airports, no additional airports,” he knowledgeable CBC.
Mrs Cooper, he talked about: “As soon as I used to be contemplating of hope, her face was coming to my ideas.”
He was then taken to Whistler the place lodging, latest clothes and a lodge job await him – he whispered to himself: “I’ll in all probability be prime quality.”
Whereas in transit in Taiwan he posted a video on Twitter, saying: “I do know I seem like someone who ran from the stone, middle ages. I’m sorry for that.
“For the ultimate eight years, it was a tricky, prolonged journey. The ultimate 10 months, it was very onerous and chilly.”
He thanked his supporters, his family and his lawyer, Andrew Brouwer, who talked about his shopper was recognised by Canada as a refugee and has been granted eternal residency beneath its refugee sponsorship programme.
“We now have been in any case more than pleased that Malaysia appeared to agree and abide by worldwide laws,” Mr Brouwer talked about.
An entire bunch of Mr al Kontar’s supporters despatched their congratulations to him.
Malaysia’s immigration office talked about it had held talks “on the thought of concern and humanity…with the embassy of the nation that agreed to acquire his relocation,” with out naming Canada.
Mr al Kontar added: “I could not do it with out the help and the prayers from all of you.”
He follows throughout the foosteps of an Iraqi family who spent larger than two months in 2015 in an empty smoking cubicle in a Moscow airport, relying on passengers to ship them meals and water.
It moreover bears a resemblance to the 2004 Tom Hanks film The Terminal, throughout which he performs an individual caught in a New York airport after his authorities collapses, rendering his papers ineffective.