A refugee sits by his grocery stall as women cook traditional Arabic bread at a camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, May 6 2016. REUTERS/ Kostas Tsironis
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Saima is one of a small but growing number of migrants eking out a living on the Greek side of the Macedonian border, where about 10,000 people have set up Europe's biggest refugee camp and are showing signs of settling in for the long term.She sells about 100 pieces of bread a day at the Idomeni camp, which has no running water but at least eight barbers.The makeshift camp, home mostly to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, sprang up four months ago. At the time, huge numbers were making their way to northern Europe in the hope of gaining asylum in countries such as Germany, but border shutdowns in the Balkans stranded thousands in Greece.They refuse to move, despite being tear gassed by Macedonian police, and appeals by Greek authorities to move to organized camps deeper inside the country.Greece, unlike France which tore down part of an unofficial camp known as "The Jungle" at Calais, goes for the softly approach with the Idomeni migrants.
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