Every day thousands of sub-Saharan Africans try to enter Europe by crossing the divide that separates the two continents. Those who make it to the Canary Islands in Spain are customarily given an expulsion order, but because of the lack of repatriation agreements between Spain and many African countries some cannot be returned.
After 40 days of captivity in overcrowded detention centers they are flown to cities like Barcelona where they are released. They are left in a legal limbo, without residency or a permit to work, which drives them underground living in the shadows and scraping to survive.
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