Panorama: Breaking into Britain

1 x 60' Thursday 16th June 2011 BBC One

Hundreds of thousands of economic migrants risk their lives and cross continents to try to illegally enter Britain every year.

In this ground breaking film two reporters set out to immerse themselves in the journeys that migrants take along the most popular and dangerous routes to the UK.

Starting in Afghanistan and following his fellow countrymen as they illegally enter Greece, Shoaib Sharifi discovers Afghans living on the streets of Athens with their children and young men who have spent a quarter of their lives trying to cross the Channel.

Kassim Kayira looks at the trade in fake documents that many Nigerians are using to fly into the UK, before heading to Niger to meet Africans prepared to risk death in the Sahara for their dream of getting to Britain.

And Evan Davis explores what Britain and the rest of Europe is doing to stop these economic migrants getting in and asks just how hard is it to break into Britain? And why do so many risk so much to try?