Tuesday, February 14, 2006

fiji follow-up

The Fijian government has offered to pay half the costs of new lots for squatters who have been served with eviction notices, the Fiji Times reports. This is a major step, even if, so far, only 530 squatter families have qualified. Still, I wonder how much land costs in Fiji. The example cited by the Assistant Minister for Housing and Squatter Resettlement, Joji Banuve, suggests that a single lot would cost $14,000, meaning a squatter would pay $7,000, or more than a year's income.

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