Shah Malik ducks to enter a space that, from the street, looks like any other storefront in the central Omonia district.

The neighborhood — with blocks of shops offering imported spices, halal meat or the milky tea popular in South Asia — is home to immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It's time for evening prayers, and Malik, who came to Greece from Pakistan 14 years ago, heads to the local mosque.

"It's like not having a set place to live, when you don't have a mosque for people to gather," he said.

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