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1. a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title
2. (in Australia)
a. (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, esp pastoral land, as tenant of the Crown
b. a farmer of sheep or cattle on a large scale
3. (in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a farmer who seizes unsettled land without receiving permission to do so. Squatting was widespread in the British colonies of North America and, later, in the USA (until 1862), as well as in Australia and certain other countries. The practice was possible owing to the vast amount of available unsettled land. The practice was an important precondition for the development of rural capitalism following the farm economy line. [23–1491–]

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All legislations on squatters provide that the act against squatters can be preceded summarily.
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Mr Moipisi explained that the process followed by land authorities to deal with squatters was such that subordinate land boards identified squatters, profiled them, conducted hearings and made recommendation to the nain land board.
Manchester council says it was a 'particularly complex' eviction involving 'obstructive' squatters.
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He told WAFA that the squatters had set up a tent on a 400-dumum plot of land owned by Mohammad Ayesh with schemes to eventually take over the land to expand the nearby illegal settlement of Ifrat.