The household, 4 adults and 4 kids — who’re aged between two and 11-years-old — have tried to depart Thailand since late October.
However they lack visas for onward journey, refuse to return to Zimbabwe and are denied re-entry to the dominion after overstaying, trapping them in limbo within the airside space of the airport.
Their predicament first emerged after a Thai Fb consumer posted a photograph of himself giving one of many kids a Christmas current.
The put up, which defined their predicament, went viral as questions emerged as to how they’d lived on the airport for thus lengthy.
Comparisons had been shortly made with the 2004 movie “The Terminal,” wherein a person performed by Tom Hanks finds himself caught in a New York airport after his authorities collapses, rendering his papers ineffective.
Immigration police mentioned the household entered Thailand in Could on vacationer visas.
On October 23 they tried to fly to Spain by way of Ukraine, however had been denied by the airline as they lacked Spanish visas.
As they’d overstayed their Thai visas by a number of months they had been banned from re-entering the nation.
They’re trapped as they’ve additionally “refused to return to Zimbabwe citing their concern for his or her for his or her security resulting from unrest in Zimbabwe,” the official mentioned, requesting anonymity.
Airways have been offering them with meals.
Zimbabwe’s navy pushed out 93-year-old despot Robert Mugabe in November paving the way in which for a transition from many years of mismanagement and authoritarian rule.
However there was little unrest and the brand new president has inspired Zimbabweans who fled underneath Mugabe’s rule to return house.
The household have utilized for asylum hoping to be resettled outdoors of Thailand, which doesn’t formally settle for refugees.
Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee company in Bangkok mentioned the UNHCR was “at present exploring potential options” for the household however couldn’t present extra particulars for confidentiality causes.
With visa-on-arrival agreements with many international locations, Thailand has lengthy been a vacation spot for these fleeing civil strife and poverty.
Nevertheless it doesn’t permit refugees to legally settle within the kingdom, which means these in search of asylum must a discover a third nation possibility.
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