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Everyday thousands of sub-Saharan Africans try to enter Europe by crossing the divide that separates the two continents. Those that make it to Spain are customarily detained while the Spanish authorities attempt to determine their age and nationality. Because of a complexity of reasons, including insufficient government funding, the lack of repatriation agreements between Spain and many...
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  • Abadu, an illegal migrant from Senegal, lights a cigarette in the basement of an abandoned building which he shares with other migrants and homeless people on October 24, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Malik, from Senegal, carries two 5 litre plastic bottles to a local fountain in order to fill them with water in Barcelona, Spain on October 24, 2007. In the abandoned building where he lives they have no electricity, running water nor toilets.
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  • Dethie, from Senegal, returns home after a long day hunting scrap metal on October 24, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. The sign on the outside warns that the building is due for demolition and is a work hazard.
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  • An unidentified immigrant from sub-Saharan Africa sits and drinks cheap boxed red wine in an abandoned building where he lives with several other immigrants and homeless people in Barcelona, Spain on November 7, 2007.
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  • Mack, from Senegal, warms his hands in front of a recovered broken electric stove in an abandoned industrial garage on November 27, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. The occupants tapped into the municipal electricity grid by throwing a wire over the outside electrical lines. They use the stove to heat the garage.
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  • Mamadou of Senegal collects dvds that he has placed for sale on a bed sheet on November 27, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain..
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  • Mamadou of Senegal keeps an eye out for the police as he awaits customers to sell illegal copies of DVDs and CDs on November 28, 2007. Merchants in Barcelona pressure the police to crack down on the sale of contraband items as it negatively effects the sales in their stores.
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  • CLIENT: BBC News. Portrait of undocumented migrant in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Roger, from Cameroon, rides the escalator out of the metro on December 12, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. When African immigrants arrived in masses on the coast of Southern Spain in 2005, opinion polls showed a high level of tolerance of immigrants among Spaniards. In 2008, tolerance levels have fallen sharply and many Spaniards now list immigration as one of the country's top problems.
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  • Two sub-Saharan migrants climb the stairs of an apartment building to meet with their provider of illegal copies of dvd's and cd's on December 12, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Abadu, a 29-year-old Senegalese, reaches for the soap to wash his hands, face and feet using water carried from a municipal fountain in Barcelona, Spain on December 13, 2007....
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  • Abadu lies in bed to stay warm after a cold winter evening in Barcelona, Spain on December 13, 2007.
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  • CLIENT: BBC NEWS. Portait of an African migrant in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • CLIENT: BBC News. Portrait of a Senegalese migrant in Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Paboy, Mukumba and Bubakar, all from Senegal, chat with a social worker who has come to talk to them about their current needs in the basement of the abandoned building they share with 15 other African migrants on December 15, 2007.
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  • A local swimmer watches as Papeibnou and Ndeye from Senegal do handstands in the shallow waters off Nova Icaria beach in Barcelona, Spain on August 2, 2008.
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  • Abadu, from Senegal and Eva, from Spain, pass the time while a Russian immigrant sleeps off a hangover in an abandoned industrial building complex in Barcelona, Spain on August 8, 2008. Currently the building houses more than 50 people including a mix of immigrants, anarchists and drug users.
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  • People file out of the metro at Plaza de Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona, Spain on August 3, 2008.
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