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When is Exodus: Our Journey Continues on BBC Two, who is Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad and what’s the documentary about?

WHAT must it be like to be a migrant who has sought refuge in the UK and then, at last, started to build a life here?

The 2016 documentary Exodus: Our Journey To Europe found out how they escaped their country, and this new series will track the lives of some migrants now living here. Here's the low down on it…

 Ali and Sharin are desperate to get out of Greece Ali and Sharin are desperate to get out of Greece

When is Exodus: Our Journey Continues on BBC2?

Exodus: Our Journey Continues begins at 9pm on Thursday November 2.

The factual programme lasts for an hour and is the first of three episodes.

What is Exodus: Our Journey Continues about?

Picking up from its 2016 predecessor, which won a Bafta, this documentary follows various migrants who have come to Britain from 2015 onwards.

The second series looks at the effect of new border restrictions on the migrants' lives and how many of the stranded foreigners feel like "ghosts in a prison".

The first series was shot on the subjects' own camera phones – and the new episodes are likely to have the same feeling of intimacy and authenticity.

 Migrants are seen desperately searching for shelter as they make their journeys Migrants are seen desperately searching for shelter as they make their journeys

Who will viewers be introduced to?

Among the migrants introduced in the new series are Ali and wife Sharin, who are seen camping on the streets of Greek city Thessaloniki.

They carry photos from their wedding, and while they joke that being smuggled across Europe is their "honeymoon", their reality is far from idyllic.

There's also Dame, who has been in the UK for over 17 months and feels more trapped and alone than ever before.

Who is Hassan Akkad?

Hassan Akkad is a Syrian refugee who moved to Brixton and lived in a family's spare room after arriving in London.

Originally the photographer and former teacher left his home town Damascus in 2012 after being imprisoned and tortured by the Assad regime.

He shared his horrifying story on the first series of Exodus, including the tale of how he was beaten for 20 minutes with iron poles in Syria, and how he made a crossing to Greece in a dinghy.

Now he works with refugee charities and recently travelled to New York.

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