Surprising Europe
Making ends meet
Many African migrants are struggling to make a living in Europe in a bid to fulfill the expectations of their families.
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2011 11:34

African migrants in Europe have to deal with many obstacles when they are trying to meet the high expectations of their families. But the difficulty of life in Europe is not a message that people want to hear back in Africa.

Mobi and Emmanuel, both educated as draftsmen back in Ghana, now barely make a living parking cars on the streets of Valencia in Spain.

Sylvia came close to suicide when her experiences as an illegal migrant plunged her into serious depression. She has been living in the Netherlands illegally with her daughter for 15 years and is being evicted once again. She explains what it is like to live without papers, roaming from one place to another.

Abu Imaro from Ghana was a professional footballer in Belgium and played for Dutch football club FC Utrecht. But his career in Europe ended after one year. Now he is starting a football school in Ghana.

Singer and guitarist Papy left Senegal in 1992 to tour with his band in Italy, singing about the hardships of life in Europe. He never returned and saw with his own eyes how Europe has become more and more intolerant towards migrants in the last 20 years.

And Ugandan reporter Ssuuna discovers that dogs in Europe sometimes have a better life than many African migrants. 


Making ends meet can be seen from Monday, August 21, at the following times GMT: Monday: 2230; Tuesday: 0930; Wednesday: 0330; Thursday: 1630.

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