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Greece's migrants set up shop to survive

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:13

A small but growing number of migrants have started small businesses in Europe's biggest refugee camp as they wait for the Greek-Macedonian border to open. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Europe's biggest refugee camp has no running water... but now has at least eight barbers. More and more migrants are developing small businesses as a means of survival. The UN Refugee Agency says businesses started popping up when people realized the Greek-Macedonian border was indeed closed. This Syrian man has opened up a falafel shop, because he says, it's better to stay busy than idle. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MAN, RAIED ANBTAUY, SAYING: "It does not make us a profit, it does not make us extra money, but the important thing is to continue our lives until they open the gates or a way opens for us to leave." Around 10,000 people are set up in the Idomeni camp and people are settling in for the long term. They refuse to move, despite being tear-gassed by Macedonian police... and appeals by Greek authorities to move organized camps deeper inside the country. Today, the camp has three improvised mosques, a kindergarten and a school... as well as at least four makers of falafel, who supplement food provided by NGO's. ...Which many migrants say is simply not enough for everyone.

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Greece's migrants set up shop to survive

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:13