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INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

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French Equivalent: Implantations sauvages

Definition:
Informal settlements are:

1. areas where groups of housing units have been constructed on land that the occupants have no legal claim to, or occupy illegally;

2. unplanned settlements and areas where housing is not in compliance with current planning and building regulations (unauthorized housing).

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Marginal settlements

Statistical Theme: Demographic and population statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, November 14, 2001