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Accumulation by dispossession

A Marxist concept referring to neoliberal capitalist policies resulting in the centralization of wealth and power in the hands of a few by dispossessing the public and private entities of their wealth, land or house.

Allotment gardens

Informal use of various plots for permanence habitation, which were not originally designated for such purpose.

Asylum seeker

A person seeking protection from persecution or serious harm in a country other than their country of origin, whereas a final decision on their application for refugee status has not yet been taken.


Government measures to reduce public expenditure, usually adopted in response to government debt or deficits.



Derives from the Latin word civis (citizen); being entitled, as a member of a nation-state, to an exclusive set of rights, privileges, and responsibilities.


The process as a result of which goods and services are exchanged as commodities, i.e., they are sold on the market for money.

Country of origin

The country of citizenship or former habitual residence (stateless persons).

Cultural adequacy

Refers to the way housing is constructed in relation to the cultural identity, livelihoods, and daily routines of the inhabitants.



The increasing reliance of the working poor on consumer credit.

Deprivation-based squatting

A survival or coping strategy that is sometimes called ‘subaltern’ squatting. The squatters involved typically have no agenda and no demands, which differentiates them from protest movements, but at the same time, they often don’t have any other opportunities to cope, which distinguishes them from opportunistic squatting.

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