Greece's migrants set up shop to survive

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.

IDOMENI, GREECE (Reuters) - 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 realised the Greek-Macedonian border was indeed closed.

Syrian refugee Raied Anbtauy has opened up a falafel shop, because he says it's better to stay busy than idle.

"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 organised 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 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which many migrants say is simply not enough for everyone.