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Stateless man stuck on island
CNN, by Samuel Burke & Lucky Gold

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/18/2012 5:43:41 AM

In the movie "The Terminal," actor Tom Hanks plays a man who suddenly finds himself stateless when his country ceases to exist. New York’s JFK Airport becomes his only home. That movie was loosely based on a true story, but for Mikhail Sebastian being stateless is a dilemma that is all too real. Sebastian is stateless. He is an ethnic Armenian born in Azerbaijan in what was the Soviet Union. He was forced to flee when the Soviet bloc began to crumble in the 1990s. He tried to take refuge in Armenia but eventually wound up

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/18/2012 8:00:28 AM     (No. 9072229)

There are many such stories. While living in Jakarta, I knew a man who got caught in a similar situation. He was a Bosnian citizen, but a diplomat for Yugoslavia. When Yugoslavia disappeared, he was not welcome back in Bosnia. He lived Stateless for a couple of years until the Indonesian government gave him special status and allowed him permanent residence in "Paradise on the Equator".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 12/18/2012 8:13:26 AM     (No. 9072248)

After reading the article, It seems to me this guy has only himself to blame for his present predicament.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: phosita, 12/18/2012 7:46:24 PM     (No. 9073426)

whoaaa....from CNN "ethinic american"???! Really CNN, really?! Say it ain´t soooo! /s

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