Living as an Undocumented Migrant

Nobody knows exactly, but the number of migrants staying in the Netherlands without a residence permit is estimated to run in the tens of thousands. Tavish (a pseudonym) is one of them; he has been in the Netherlands for twenty five years.

He migrated from Sri Lanka to Germany in 1992, after which he moved to the Netherlands in 2000. During the quarter of a century that he is here, he has seen many laws and policies change. They never turned into his favour, in contrary to his two sisters. "Not yet...", Tavish says.

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