Homeless residents make lives in Madrid’s airport

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Homeless Bulgarian, Valentin Giorgiev, leans on luggage trolleys at Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport's terminal 4 on December 30, 2014In Madrid airport’s bustling fourth terminal, Edu’s trolley is loaded with suitcases, but he won’t be checking them in. Nearly two years ago, the 49-year-old unemployed builder wandered into the airport while trying to hike up the highway to another town. Like other hubs such as London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, the airport’s warmth, security and free bathrooms, open round the clock, draw desperate down-and-outs who blend into the crowds of travellers. Madrid Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport — Europe’s fifth-busiest with 40 million passengers a year — is a public space, so authorities let the homeless sleep there as long as they cause no trouble.