Surprising Europe
Running out of luck
Life as a migrant can be tough, but how do you survive in Europe without papers?
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2011 08:32

For migrants without papers, life in Europe can become a real survival tour, with basic needs such as medical care and housing being hard to get. In many European countries you can be locked up, without a criminal record.

With exclusive access we visit a Dutch immigration detention centre, where we get a grim look at the place and some migrants waiting to be deported to their home countries share their moving stories.

Surprising Europe joins a doctor's visit to a clinic in Amsterdam where volunteers assist patients without documents.

Senegalese hip hop artist Sister Fa presents us to her Senegalese friends in Berlin, who deal in different ways with their possibilities to get a residence permit.

Journalist Ssuuna Golooba from Uganda discovers that when Europeans are unhappy, they have some strange ways of learning to laugh.


Running out of luck can be seen from Monday, September 12, at the following times GMT: Monday: 2230; Tuesday: 0930; Wednesday: 0330; Thursday: 1630.

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