DEPRIVED SPAIN

How to encourage housing speculation in a country, destroy its real estate industry, foster the squatter phenomenon, evict 30 thousand families a year, expand unemployment and enlarge home-less population  in less than a decade. Spain has it difficult, especially with that political breed. This country has a long tradition of richness and power. Since the 1500’s and well entered the 1800’s it was a vigorous empire with the largest territory possessions around the world. During 1936 and 1939 it suffered of a Civil War and after that, and until 1975, there was an obscure era of minor development and growth due the dictatorship of General Franco. But since 1986 it is part of the European Community and as the newest country together with Portugal they received all kind of support and benefits, mainly economical. In the last three years it has been the world’s 13th economy with an average GDP on 2013 of $ 1,358 Billion dollars. In Spain, between 1996 and 2000 there were built 308,750 housing units, and between 2000 and 2007 there were built 941,300 housing units. In 2007 there was a major bubble-burst crisis. By now about 700,000 new (or recent) housing units are empty. The unemployment rate on August 2014 was 24.4 %. Only between 2008 and 2012 there were 171,110 evictions. The Okupa (Squatting) movement in Barcelona is one of the largest in the European Union. There are slums around every major city. The amount of homeless at Madrid has almost duplicated in the last 5 years. The Housing issue is currently among the four main worries of most Spanish families. As an inquisitive fact, Spain is located in 16th place of European countries non-corruption perception index.