Athens: Immigrants squeak out living as scrap metal mongers
The business is evidence of the poverty in which thousands of illegal immigrants live in Greece, a gateway to the EU but a trap for those who do not manage to continue their journey to more prosperous member states.
"There is no other kind of work here," said Zeeshan, who arrived from Pakistan a year and a half ago on a trip that cost him 3,000 euros ($4,000).
The 26-year-old said he had studied computer design back home, but now spends 10 hours a day rummaging through the blue rubbish bins that the city has distributed to collect recyclable trash.
Zeeshan said he is able to make a couple of dozen euros per day.