Afghan migrant Nazir Gazemi shudders at the thought of the two and a half years he spent in the so-called Greek Guantanamos, the notorious migrant detention camps that the new government now says it will close. Just released from his "life with the rats" in the worst camp of all at Amygdaleza north of Athens, the 33-year-old is now trying to help his friends who sleep inside its poorly heated shipping containers. It was the suicide of a Pakistani in the camp two weeks ago - the latest of many such deaths - that was the final straw for Greece's radical new government. Minister Yiannis Panoussis went to the camp to "express my shame" at the conditions, telling protesting inmates that "we are done with the detention centres. We just need a few days" to close them. But last week a "decree" telling the police to no longer arrest illegal migrants entering the country sparked uproar, with government denying it ever issued such an order. Human rights groups fear the release of the disputed document was an attempt to undermine Syriza's vow to grant citizenship to immigrants' children born in Greece and to free the 4,500 migrants it admits are held in inhumane conditions in the camps. Xenophobia has been mounting in Greece, one of the main illegal entry points into Europe, as the country's economic crisis drags on. The neo-Nazi, anti-immigration Golden Dawn party is now the third biggest. "The release of this 'order' plays into the hands of Golden Dawn and the former government's attempts to whip up fear of migrants," said Thanasis Kourkoulas, of the Deport Racism rights group. But for the migrants caught in the middle - most of whom, according to Kourkoulas, want to move on to northern Europe - the nightmare and the waiting goes on. The camps are still open, but with officials quietly releasing inmates in twos and threes, rights groups claim. Under EU pressure to stem the flow of migrants, Athens built four large detention centres. Syriza came to power in January on a promise to close the camps and turn them into open refugee reception centres.