A group of skinheads screaming "These are 'white' seats!" at two female African bus passengers while all the other white passengers keep staring out of the windows as if nothing is happening. A black guy turns up to look at a flat that's been advertised for rent, but as soon as the door opens and the owner sees he's African it's ,"Oh, you're too late." But, mysteriously, the flat remains available for rent. An African man is sitting in a tram when suddenly there's a bang on the window; he looks up to see a white guy on the platform flipping him the finger and telling him to go back to where he came from.
John Nkebi from Uganda had just bought dinner in Cologne, Germany, when his dog got into a fight with another dog. Before he knew it people came running down the stairs and beat him up. ‘They looked outside the window and saw that I was alone, that was the problem, I was alone and two people came down and started to hit me. One of them had a baseball bat.’ John's story is no exception, many people in Europe experience racism on a daily basis.
I Made it in Europe! So if I did it, you can do it too
Rapper K-Nel made it in Europe
When I left Kenya, I honestly didn’t think obout having success in Europe. All I had in my mind was my Economics studies and the joy of joining of my mother who was already in Germany. People have the stereotype mentality of Europe being 'heaven'. We used to watch Hollywood movies and all those documentaries about the Western world and one would think "wow, what a place?".
The weather in Europe is what many immigrants really hate
Winter in Holland
I am not easy to surprise. When still a student, and in a few subsequent years, I had seen more than enough of Europe. Once I had even spent a few days in Lapland. I had always been fascinated by snow. It looks so beautiful, doesn’t it? It is very pleasant to look at snow…when you sit in a well-heated apartment, or when you walk outside and wear good winter clothes.
What they call "a success story" of dreaming of home
Is Europe worth taking the risk? My answer is: ‘NO'!
Over and over again, I hear about African people risking their lives to get to Europe. We know the stories of immigrants risking the seas on tiny boats unequipped for the journey, but there are even more dangerous ways to travel. A guy from Angola got into the chassis compartment of an airplane, planning to get to Heathrow. When the wheels came out, 2000 ft. above the ground, he fell to the ground. Of course; he had frozen to death long before due to exposure to high altitudes and low temperatures.
It’s an African culture to welcome each and every person who comes to you no matter his of her race, color, religion or whether there is an appointment or not. We even have the say: ‘There is no road in the house, every person who comes is a visitor’. I figured out it’s not like that in Europe.
Africa is known all over as the poorest continent in the world because most of its countries are still under developed. To be honest, in my own country Uganda you find some people sleeping in dilapidated structures, on streets, under sewage pipes etc. with nothing to eat and proper clothes to wear. However like many other Africans who are living in Africa, before I travelled I had a different picture of Europe and I never imagined at any one time that there where people living under very poor conditions comparable to those in Africa. It was a shock to me to find beggars on European streets and other people with no proper sleeping places, no food and good clothes.
I struggled and almost exhausted all means of raising money for my trip but all was in vain. I contacted several people to lend me the money but I never succeeded. I was under too much pressure and the visa dealer was on my neck to pay the balance or else I will lose the $4000 I had deposited in advance. I was stuck until when I realized that I could sell my only house to bail me out. It was not my wish to sell the house but when I realized that when I reach Europe I would make much money to replace it, I went ahead with the plan.
Since her arrival in the Netherlands 15 years ago, Sylvia moves like a nomad from one place to another. She is desperate.
After living here for more than fifteen years, Sylvia still has no house. She thought it would be easier after receiving the legal papers, but unfortunately she still has to move from one house to another. Then Sylvia moves back to a place where once everything started; her first home in The Netherlands.
Every morning Emmanuel from Ghana has to walk one hour and thirty minutes. For what? To help to park cars in Valencia. If he is lucky he earns six euros that morning. With that money he is able to buy some food in the evening.