Jose lives in London with his wife and two daughters, 4 and 5 years old. Originally from Brazil, he has been in the UK for nearly a decade. The girls were born in London. Jose explains how having them has changed his life and made the lack of papers more difficult to bear.
Jose: When you don’t have children the situation let’s say it’s easier but when you have children you need plan B C D E F. So it’s a bit stressful. It’s the thing that worries me most nowadays […] When this situation is solved and we don’t have to live with this any longer… wow it will be another life.
Interviewer: but what do you worry about?
Jose: You worry that you are on a bus and suddenly someone like Home Office immigration stops you.
Interviewer: What is the difference between before and now with the children?
Jose: Now we have a life here. We have children, they go to school, everything is here. Let’s say something happens and you are deported. It’s not only me and my wife. We have 2 daughters, so it’s complicated. You always think about these things.