A Preliminary Study of Italy and Spain's Informal Settlements - Beyond the Numbers - (On-going research)

The following work delves into the complex issue of informal settlements in Italy and Spain, revealing significant findings and drawing key conclusions.

The research indicates that these settlements, far from being confined to low-income countries, are also prevalent in high-income nations, with the conditions of inhabitants exacerbated by recent global events.

Notably, the study uncovers that current figures vastly exceed previous estimates by UN-Habitat, with at least 25,000 individuals in Spain and 11,000 in Italy residing in such environments, contrary to the earlier reported figures of 1,740 and 2,160, respectively.

In Spain, the research highlights the need for more comprehensive data and the focus of governmental efforts, such as the recent National Plan for Housing, predominantly on the Roma population.