In the developing world, millions of people live in squatter settlements, which are self-made housing units, often at the edge of a city, inhabited by poor people who have "invaded" the land, often at night, and built structures. From the pueblos jovenes (young towns) of Lima, Peru, to the bidonvilles (tin cities) of Africa, these examples of self-help are seen as incipient communities that could, with the assistance of clean water, security of tenure, and some basic services, become stable communities of productive citizens (see Turner, 1976, for a full discussion of the potential of squatter settlements). In the industrialized world, squatting usually refers to homeless people taking over a vacant building or creating an encampment on a vacant lot.
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