Squatted land in Brazil and in the world (From A2 onward)


SQUATTING- TO SQUAT- SQUATTERS

What does this expression mean? Squatting is an act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building, usually residential,

that the squatters do not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use.

It is definitely more common in urban areas, especially when decay occurs.

According R. Neuwirth there are about 1 billion squatters worldwide. In many countries

squatting is considered a crime in others, only a conflict between owner and occupant.

In Kenya, for example, what makes you become aware of squatting is the rich stench of almost 1 million people who live in that ditch.

When Nelson Mandel became president in 1994 there were about 7.7 million squatters in South Africa, even in the inner city of

Johannesburg.

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Squatting is also known in Europe, Switzerland included.

Sometimes it seems, however, difficult to establish what squatting is or where it starts. If open space is used or abused for festivals, flea

markets or religious events it is not always clear whether the behaviour is within the limits of legality.

In the following video, we will be able to look at the problem of squatting in Brazil, which seems, in many ways, to be a little bit different.

Mr. André Albuquerque, a lawyer, who at the beginning of the video is on cloud nine because he has just become a father, has founded an

Organisation called “Terra Nova” and works as an entrepreneur in order to find solutions to what he says has been an everlasting problem

of Brazil.

Please explain the following expressions:

–    He is going to  a village of about 3oo families because they are laying claim of the land

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–    Mr. X has resold several plots of land which he didn’t own.

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–    André wants to turn the residents into legal property owner which will protect

     them from being evicted.

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–   Her arbitrates between owners, residents and local authorities.

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Questions:

a) Why do politicians not handle these problems?

b) On the outskirts of “Cariacica”, where about 4000 legal owner live, the problems

have been resolved in the sense that the new owner pay monthly………………..

c) Through land regulations people have now paved streets, sewerage

systems  and……………………..

d) Does André think it would be a good idea to give the land to the people for free?

e)  Why do people not want to pay for the land?

f)  What do the people or families like that of “Marilu’s” hope for?

Explain some more  words: shacks, write off, abundance of land, disbalance,

instalments, infairly distributed

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