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Living from Scrap - 4 Feb 2013
Scrap dealers like this immigrant worker face a big social stigma in Greece. The profession is often considered the lowly domain of poor, usually African and Asian migrants who can be seen in run-down neighbourhoods pushing shopping trolleys piled high with metal, plastic and paper.

But there is money to be made, and as Greece struggles through its worst economic crisis in decades, the scrap trade is looking more attractive.
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEVZ
February 06, 2013
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in front of a building covered with...
Athens, Greece
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in front of a building covered with...
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in front of a building covered with street art in Athens February 4, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken February 4, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEUN
February 06, 2013
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap past a wall covered with street art,...
Athens, Greece
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap past a wall covered with street art,...
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap past a wall covered with street art, in Athens February 2, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken February 2, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEWV
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealer Abdour Rachman, 33, from Bangladesh, stands behind a shopping trolley with scrap in a weighing...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealer Rachman, from Bangladesh, stands behind a trolley with scrap in a weighing station in Athens...
Scrap dealer Abdour Rachman, 33, from Bangladesh, stands behind a shopping trolley with scrap in a weighing station in Athens January 28, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant scrap hunters spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEVO
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealers work in scrap weighing station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealers work in scrap weighing station in Athens
Scrap dealers work in scrap weighing station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEV1
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealers wait for their payment in a scrap weighing station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealers wait for their payment in a scrap weighing station in Athens
Scrap dealers wait for their payment in a scrap weighing station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DETR
February 06, 2013
Immigrants living in Greece push a shopping trolley with scrap in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of...
Athens, Greece
Immigrants living in Greece push a shopping trolley with scrap in Athens
Immigrants living in Greece push a shopping trolley with scrap in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DESR
February 06, 2013
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap outside a scrap weigh station in Athens...
Athens, Greece
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap outside a weigh station in Athens
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap outside a scrap weigh station in Athens January 28, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DESP
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealer Nazim Hussein, 20, from Bangladesh poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23,...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealer Nazim Hussein poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens
Scrap dealer Nazim Hussein, 20, from Bangladesh poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant scrap hunters spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DERH
February 06, 2013
Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With...
Athens, Greece
Dimitris searches a recycling bin in northern Athens
Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEY1
February 06, 2013
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in front of a building covered with...
Athens, Greece
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in front of a building covered with...
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in front of a building covered with street art in Athens February 4, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken February 4, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEWP
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealers push shopping trolleys with scrap material past cars along a main avenue in Athens February...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealers push shopping trolleys with scrap material past cars along a main avenue in Athens
Scrap dealers push shopping trolleys with scrap material past cars along a main avenue in Athens February 4, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken February 4, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DEUU
February 06, 2013
A shopping trolley is locked to a tree in Athens February 1, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or...
Athens, Greece
A shopping trolley is locked to a tree in Athens
A shopping trolley is locked to a tree in Athens February 1, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken February 1, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DETF
February 06, 2013
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in Athens January 28, 2013. Dozens...
Athens, Greece
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in Athens
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap in Athens January 28, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DESO
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealer Anouar Hussein, 25, from Bangladesh poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 28,...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealer Anouar Hussein poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens
Scrap dealer Anouar Hussein, 25, from Bangladesh poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 28, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DESM
February 06, 2013
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap past a wall covered with a graffiti...
Athens, Greece
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap past a wall covered with a graffiti...
An immigrant living in Greece pushes a shopping trolley with scrap past a wall covered with a graffiti in Athens January 29, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 29, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DESL
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealer Hussein Tanveer (L), 40, from Pakistan gathers paper at a scrap weigh station in Athens...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealer Hussein Tanveer gathers paper at a scrap weigh station in Athens
Scrap dealer Hussein Tanveer (L), 40, from Pakistan gathers paper at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DES8
February 06, 2013
Scrap dealer Habib Bourachaman, 28, from Bangladesh stands in a shopping trolley at a scrap weigh station...
Athens, Greece
Scrap dealer Habib Bourachaman stands in a shopping trolley at a scrap weigh station in Athens
Scrap dealer Habib Bourachaman, 28, from Bangladesh stands in a shopping trolley at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 28, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DERL
February 06, 2013
Greek Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler with his fellow scrap dealers...
Athens, Greece
Dimitris poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens
Greek Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler with his fellow scrap dealers Naim Muhammad (R), 25 and Abdel Malek (L), 22, both from Pakistan, at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POVERTY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DERA
February 06, 2013
Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With...
Athens, Greece
Dimitris searches a recycling bin in northern Athens
Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY)
GREECE-SCRAPDEALER/
RTR3DER5
February 06, 2013
Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens...
Athens, Greece
Dimitris poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens
Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY)
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