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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



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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For instance, local barangays must undertake a census of squatter communities to identify the residents, their livelihood and origin, among others.
Although the squatter settlements might not be easily visible from this perspective, what the trained eye can discern is that of a highly crowded metropolis with a big housing problem facing it.
A: If courts were deprived of jurisdiction of cases involving conflicts of possession, that threat of judicial action against breaches of the peace committed on public lands would be eliminated, and a state of lawlessness would probably be produced between applicants, occupants or squatters, where force or might, not right or justice, would rule.
Squatters themselves also perceived their legacy as having begun in 1968, as Nick Wates, a squatter, explains in the introduction to Squatting: The Real Story (1980), 'Squatting is an ancient practice, and has occurred at some stage, in different forms, throughout the world.
Ultimately, the state's control measures could not contain the flow of 'surplus' people, whose subjection ironically turned to agency as they established squatter settlements that defied the state's biopolitical tools--and faced repressive measures as a result (Makhulu 2010).
Therefore we came to this Marichchikattu which is our original and traditional place of residence only to find our lands were declared as some form of a "reserved forest area" which clearly is not the case" squatters said.
The idea is that through their presence in the building, with lights going on and off and it being visibly occupied, any squatters will be deterred.
John Holland, one of the squatters, said they would fight the council every step of the way and would only leave when baliffs turned up and physically carried them out.
Twenty-first century squatters are educated and shrewd, nothing like the squatters of the Great Depression.
One former squatter is Swansea anarchist and Class War publisher Ian Bone, once dubbed the "most dangerous man in Britain".
Instead, Starbucks took the trademark squatter to court.