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Squatting in Jamaica

Squatting in Jamaica

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Published by: Reika College-Radio Yanique on Apr 17, 2012
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SQUATTING IN JAMAICA
AN OVERVIEW
Desmond HallLecturerDepartment of Sociology, Psychology & Social WorkUniversity of the West IndiesMona
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INTRODUCTION
In recent times, concerns have been mounting inalmost every quarter of the Jamaican society atthe level at which these squatter settlements havesprouting out of control and the threats which theypose to the social well-being of the widerpopulation.
Despite efforts of governments, with the supportof international agencies and institutions, andNGOs, to arrest this phenomenon, the growth ofthese settlements has shown no signs ofdiminishing.
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DEFINITIONS & CONCEPTS
Who is a squatter?
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The term ‘squatter’ is generally used to
describe a person who dwells on a piece ofland or occupy a vacant dwelling for whichhe/she does not have a legal right so to do.
What is a squatter settlement?
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A residential area occupied by squatters
Squatting
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the illegal occupation of land, or the illegalerection or occupation of a dwelling
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