Tuesday, 25 June 2024, 9:11 PM
Site: Precarious Housing in Europe
Course: The PusH Learning Materials (General)
Glossary: Glossary

Inadequate housing

Living in temporary/non-conventional structures, in unfit housing or in extreme over-crowding.

Informal Economy

All economic transactions in commodities or services that do not observe the formal rules established within a market or an economy.

Informal housing

A category that encompasses all those housing options that fall outside governments’ regulations and laws governing real estate transactions.

Informal Settlement

Any human settlement where housing has been constructed without the requisite legal title for ownership and/or use of the land for residential purposes (based on the Economic Commission for Europe). 

Insecure housing

Receiving longer-term support (due to homelessness) or living in insecure accommodation, including under threat of eviction or under threat of violence.


A combination or overlap of the effects of various forms of discrimination, due to factors such as country of origin, economic status, age, gender, skin colour, and religion.

Irregular/ undocumented migrant

A migrant who enters and/or stays in a country without fulfilling the legal requirements to do so, including based on a lacking or expired residence permit.