This is how most migrants here try and sneak into Britain. It’s a dangerous pursuit, and many are injured or killed trying. One young Sudanese man was crushed to death as he hung on to the axle of a lorry just a few days before. Others drown trying to swim out to ferries leaving the harbour. Even if they hang on safely to the lorries, an increasingly tough security regime is there to catch them. “We get through the x-ray scanners fine, but it’s the dogs that sniff us out,” says Farhan.
Over cups of sweet tea at their apartment in a Sofia suburb, Aveen and her husband Ciwan - the couple ask Al Jazeera not to give their real names because they are worried it will affect their pending application for refugee status - explain their situation. For 500 euros ($690) a month, they share a two-bedroom apartment with three of their children and a cousin. While their claim is processed, asylum seekers are supposed to receive a monthly allowance of 65 leva (33 euros/$46), but Aveen says the family have not yet received anything.”