Taking possession of unoccupied premises without authorization.
Land prices often form the prohibitive part of shelter costs. In densely inhabited countries, and particularly in urban centres, it appears as if no housing for the lower income brackets is possible. As a result squatting becomes rampant and slums develop as the only option for the least affluent. Often squatters occupy prime land of high value, but cannot be evicted because of political considerations.
In certain circumstances, what was once regarded as trespassing punishable by fine or imprisonment has become peaceful urban coexistence between penniless tenants and landlords waiting for a more favourable property market.
1. A way for the homeless to demonstrate the lack of concern by society for their welfare.
2. Squatters keep abandoned buildings in use, often making minor repairs and preventing discouraging damage by vandals.
Squatting may result in a forceable ejection or destruction of the premises by legal authorities.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.