The article describes the life of the Martinez family, a family that lives illegally in Berlin and the challenges they face to keep their status from the authorities. They live a relatively normal middle class life but beneath the surface constantly struggle. Their predicament is just one example of many facing illegal residents. Approximately 50,000 people live without proper documentation in Berlin. The Hamburg Institute of International Economics estimates that there between 200,000 to 480,000 people living throughout Germany illegally. They come predominantly from Ghana, Ecuador, Turkey, Russia and Serbia and one comes in contact with them on a daily basis without knowing it.
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