Undocumented lives is the first documentary book
about the everyday life of irregular migrants in Europe.
people are living in Europe without residence permits. They are not included in any registers. Officially, they don’t even exist.
Photographer Katja Tähjä and journalist Kaisa Viitanen travelled around
Europe meeting invisible people.
Undocumented children, women and men from Finland to Spain, Greece,
Belgium, The Netherlands, UK and Sweden
told them what it is like to live under a constant fear of getting
caught and being deported. This book
was almost two years in the making.
The photographs and stories of 21 people or families reveal the
little-known shadow people of today’s Europe.
Despite the wad of human rights agreements signed by the European Union
member states, the paperless are left to fend for themselves.
Undocumented migrants are Europe’s
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