Living in an old ice factory in Berlin

Living in an Old Ice Factory in Berlin

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Images of Dimitar "Mitko" Todorov, a Roma from the Bulgarian city of Plevna, living in a former ice factory in Berlin. Mitko keeps a tidy squat, a tartan blanket on the bed and his clothes stowed away.

Lit by candles, heated by a gas canister and padlocked when he is out, it is the 39-year-old Roma's haven inside an old graffiti-covered ice factory in Berlin.

For many European Union politicians, Mitko and his neighbors in the squalid Eisfabrik are a warning of what will happen next year when Romania and Bulgaria get full access to the job market - and welfare systems - of Europe. (Reuters)

(Photography by REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

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