Tindigarukayo, Jimmy K.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
The squatter problem in Jamaica
Social and economic studies
Date of Publication
Examines the extent to which government policies redress squatters' problems; levels of participation of squatters in formulating those policies; and top priorities of squatters, as articulated by squatters themselves. To address the above concerns, the study utilized three methods of data collection: (i) a critical examination of policy documents relating to squatters in Jamaica (ii) elite interviews with those who make policies affecting squatters; and (iii) a national social survey of squatters. The findings of the study were four-fold: (i) the living conditions of squatters in Jamaica are much worse that the national average; (ii) majority of squatters are women, who are mostly single and, in comparison to male squatters, are less educated, less employed and earn less income; (iii) government policies relating to squatters have been either limited or are failure; and (iv) there has been little participation by squatters in programmes that affect their lives.....