Sanjay Shah

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This article is about a former Kenyan national. For the businessman, see Sanjay Shah (Businessman).

Sanjay Shah is a former Kenyan national. In 2004 he gave up his Kenyan passport and flew to the United Kingdom on a British Overseas citizen passport which permits temporary entry but not residence.

He was then sent back to Kenya where he staged a 13-month protest, living in the international area of Nairobi airport between the departure lounges and the immigration desks. He washed in the public lavatories and ate and drank gifts from café workers and travellers.[1]

On 12 July 2005 he was given full British citizenship, followed later by a British passport and another flight to the UK.[2]


  1. ^ Kwamboka, Evelyn; Otieno, Juliett (2005-06-15). "Stateless man's agony after spending a year at airport". The Standard. Retrieved 2008-06-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ Mynott, Adam (12 July 2005). "Kenya airport dweller is British". BBC News. Retrieved 18 June 2008.