Bite! magazine » illegal immigration

Selected by Diederik Meijer on October 20, 2010

There are more than five million Afghan refugees, mostly living in Pakistan and Iran. Some escape these countries and leave for Europe by putting their lives in the hands of people smugglers. Almost 70,000 refugees are believed to be in the UK, and a majority of which reside in London. Some arrive safely, some get caught by authorities, and some die along the way. This treacherous journey involves passing through most of Europe where they travel by land – hiding in trucks and trains, and by sea –smuggled in tankers. I met four such men who had taken this very route and now live in London.