Organization / PublicationSipa Press for Paris Match
CategoryContemporary Issues stories
CaptionKingsley (22) tells his parents of his decision to leave for Europe. The short distance across the sea from northern Africa to mainland Spain or the Canary Islands is a popular route for illegal immigrants looking for a better life in Europe. Kingsley, a Cameroonian, was one who attempted the passage. In his hometown, Kingsley earned just US$ 30 a month as a lifeguard at a hotel. He had already tried to reach Europe once before, but turned back in Nigeria having run out of funds. On his second trip, he managed to raise more than US$ 1,000 to pay for the trip, for smuggler fees, and to finance his first weeks in Europe.