For seven years, Jeremiah Ekenobaye made a good living in Spain. Now 38, the Nigerian immigrant says he worked as a van driver, obtained his residency permit, and even bought a flat in the fast-growing Madrid suburb of Parla.
Now, on a weekday morning, he is standing on a street corner looking for work. He depends on government handouts of €530 ($702) a month – less than half the amount he needs just to pay his mortgage – and is convinced that the bank is about to repossess the flat where he lives with his wife and three children.
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