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Forced evictions in Spain

Carolina Gonzalez, 39, and her three and four-year-old children stand in a street with their dogs and belongings after Spanish riot police evicted them from an unoccupied building of flats in Malaga, southern Spain October 3, 2013. A total of 13 families, included 12 children, had occupied the building since February. Members from various support platforms failed to stop the eviction and three activists were arrested when they refused to leave the roof of building, according to local media. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca)

Forced evictions in Spain

A deep recession and soaring unemployment in Spain triggered by a housing crash has led to an increase in forced evictions of homeowners unable to pay their mortgage.
Some Spanish gypsy families settled in the area of Puerta de Hierro,

near the Palace of Moncloa, in the 1960s and have built brick houses and

raised their children and grandchildren there ever since. The settlers

are registered with the town hall and have access to public services,

but for the past two years have been subject to several evictions under

Madrid's town planning board orders, on the grounds that the dwellings

are illegal. Members of some families, mostly the eldest, have been

relocated to public housing flats in the city, but often their children

and grandchildren have been denied the same right to relocation,

resulting in many families refusing to go to the rental flats assigned

to them because they do not want to leave their children and

grandchildren homeless. Out of more than 50 homes that used to stand in

the neighborhood, there are only six left now among the debris of those

already demolished. (Reuters)