Syrian refugees trapped in South Korean airport

(From Korea JoongAng Daily)

Some 150 foreigners are trapped in a single room in Incheon International Airport after their attempts to enter Korea were blocked. They have access to toilets and showers, and are given one blanket each. They eat fast food sandwiches and Coca-Cola – three times a day.

Some 150 foreigners live in a 30-person deportation room of Incheon International Airport. They spend their days in the windowless room watching TV channels broadcast in Korean, or sleeping on benches or floors.

Some 150 foreigners live in a 30-person deportation room of Incheon International Airport. They spend their days in the windowless room watching TV channels broadcast in Korean, or sleeping on benches or floors.

Some 150 foreigners live in a 30-person deportation room of Incheon International Airport. They spend their days in the windowless room watching TV channels broadcast in Korean, or sleeping on benches or floors.

They may be here for a while.

“There is no way we are going to return to our country, which is still at war,” said 28 Syrians caught at the airport in a lawsuit filed in the Incheon District Court last month. It called for a revocation of the immigration office’s rejection of their refugee-status applications.

The 28 Syrians are sharing the 470-square-meter (5,060-square-foot) deportation room with people from nine other countries who have been refused entry, including Thailand, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Pakistan. The room is designed for 30 people.

Omar Muhammad (a pseudonym) is one of the Syrians trapped in the terminal. Since leaving the Aleppo region last December, Omar transited through Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates and then flew on to Korea. All of what he has seen of Korea is the eastern end of Incheon airport. Read more



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