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Europe hides empty homes

 
March 13th 2014
 

More than 11m homes lie empty across Europe – enough to house all of the continent’s homeless people twice over – according to figures collated by the Guardian from across the EU.

In Spain, more than 3.4m homes lie vacant, in excess of 2m homes are empty in each of France and Italy, 1.8m in Germany and more than 700,000 in the UK.

There are also a large numbers of vacant homes in Ireland, Greece, Portugal and several other countries, according to information collated by the UK newspaper.

Many of the homes are in vast holiday resorts built in the feverish housing boom in the run-up to the 2007–08 financial crisis – and have never been occupied.

 
 
 

March 2014

 

Contents

Homeless ex-services personnel and housing

Sanctuary in North Hitchen

Upfront: 'Shattered lives'

Just another mother

Common rights?

Research reveals bin death

Big win for Hungarian

Scottish Minister abused while selling the Big Issue

Hostel bosses clean up

Europe hides empty homes

Bristol's homeless crisis

Welfare reforms attacked

Homeless man flies home

Kitchen fight continues

 

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