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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The municipality pays for a hotel accommodation only when the evicted families ask for an emergency procedure. If their request is judged positively, then they receive a temporary accommodation.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara, Mary and Nathaka Serasinghe used to live in a 40 sq.m. two-room apartment, paying 600 euro for month. Mary is out of work and Kumara is a day laborer in a store in the outskirts of Milan. For legal immigrants, in fact, the registration of the lease is required to obtain residence and renewal of the "residence permit". When they applied for registration of the contract house's to get the "residence permit" of Mary, the owner increased the rent, at which point they are no longer able to pay the rent and arrived the notice of eviction.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The bathroom of the Mauhay family's house.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family, including Arnold, Mardy and their children Adrian, Alessa and Angel, were living in a house in the north of Milan. The building was very badly maintained. The stairways had no lights and their was dangerous electric wiring. After their eviction, they are now living in a hotel with the support of the municipality. This is the Mahuay brothers inside the hotel. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Mauhay’s two-room apartment. Five of them used to sleep in this room; Adrian, the oldest son, slept in the living room.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara and Mary Serasinghe are from Sri Lanka and they came in Italy eight years ago. They are, as many others, victims of the illegal rent black market. It is estimated that in Italy between 500 thousand and one million apartments are rented in black, resulting in a high tax evasion. For legal immigrants, in fact, the registration of the lease is required to obtain residence and renewal of the residence permit.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Mary and Nathaka Serasinghe were born in Sri Lanka, they met in Milan and married in their native land. Speak little Italian, even if they live here for eight years, and now have a child, Nethaka. Since he was born in the small are list for the allocation of public housing.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara and Nathaka Serasinghe wait as an official hands them eviction documents.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Serasinghe family are going to the municipality office that deals with the housing project and the evictions.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Serasinghe family in the metro station after being evicted.

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Italy Under Eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

After the eviction, the municipality social service relocated Mary and her son Nathaka to a foster home. The social worker explained that the law is for the protection of the child. This forces them to settle without Mary's husband in the housing.

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Italy Under Eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Mary and Nathaka Serasinghe in a foster home, where only women and children can be accommodated.

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Asians under eviction in Italy
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Kumara Serasinghe in the car where he is sleeping after he has been evicted.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The rent of the Mauhay family's house amounted to 550 euro for month.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family waiting for the police officers to evict them from their house.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The housing conditions are often unbearable: systems are not compliant with current regulations and masonry are deteriorated, but rents do not seem to decrease.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Alessa Mauhay is seen inside her house during the eviction.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Arnold and Alessa Mauhay the day of your eviction

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The stairway of a block of flats totally occupied by migrants. The two-room flats are crumbling down to piaces and not complying with the law. The renting fees are too high for the economic possibilities of the families.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family are going to the municipality office that deals with the housing project and the evictions.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family inside the municipality office.

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Low Income Families Face Evictions in...
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

Arnold Mauhay speaks with a public official and finds out that the municipal committee has accepted his application for public housing.

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Italy under eviction
Milan, Italy
By Alice Sassu
14 Jul 2013

The Mauhay family are going in a hotel, just after the eviction.
While they are waiting for the Aler (private entity for the management of public housing) to define their position, the municipality of Milan will take over the temporary accommodation in hotel for Mardy and his sons, but Arnold will have to pay for his stay until the final assignment. They are waiting for many months the allocation of public housing.

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Life Along The Railway
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By U.S. Editor
20 Jun 2013

Bangladesh’s vibrant capital, Dakha, is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment, such as a lack of running water.

Dhaka currently has a population of 14 million people, which is expected to increase to 50 million by 2050. Approximately 400,000 newcomers enter the city each year, most of whom are environmental refugees. Over-populated slums are filled with these refugees who have no choice but to put up with the poor living conditions. Dhaka is now considered to be the fastest-growing city in the world. Dhaka, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

For more information: http://transterramedia.com/media/19374

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Life Along The Railway (1 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A train is passing by next to makeshift homes in a slum in Dhaka.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Life Along The Railway (30 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

Family members in front of a makeshift home in a slum in Dhaka.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Life Along The Railway (11 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

Due to the scarce availability of space in Dakha, the vibrant capital of Bangladesh, poor families have no choice but to keep their belongings on the roofs of their makeshift homes. Dakha is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dhaka, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (6 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A grandmother and her grandson are sitting next to a wall in a slum in Dhaka. As more and more women are working in factories to raise money for the familiy, grandmothers are taking care of children.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Life Along The Railway (34 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A poor girl in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Life Along The Railway
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 14 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.

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Life Along The Railway (8 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A mother holds her two-week old newborn among the numerous families that live in an area populated by slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dakha is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dhaka, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (2 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

Young boys sit on top of a train, overlooking the overcrowded make-shift homes nearby. Bangladesh’s vibrant capital, Dakha, is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dakha, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (3 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A man strolls on the railway track that lies between numerous makeshift homes in a slum in Bangladesh’s vibrant capital, Dakha. It is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dakha, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (6 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A few children take a free ride on the railway that lies in the middle of a slum in Bangladesh’s vibrant capital, Dakha. It is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dakha, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (8 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

Children play outside of their make-shit home, which lies right beside a railroad track, a dangerous environment for young children. Bangladesh’s vibrant capital, Dakha, is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dakha, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (9 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A woman cooks in front of her house, a makeshift tent right next to railroad tracks in a slum area in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka. It is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dakha, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (10 of 11)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A poor elderly man begs for food on the railway tracks, one of many others that are living with such poor conditions in an area populated by slums in Dakha, Bangladesh. Dakha is home to more than 10 million people, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Hundreds of people live beside the railroad in the Kawran Bazar slum, where residents face dire conditions in the unsanitary environment. Dhaka, Bangladesh, June, 2013.

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Life Along The Railway (14 of 34)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
20 Jun 2013

A woman is walking in the slum area of makeshift homes right next to the railroad tracks.

Space is scarce in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s vibrant capital. So is money. An estimated number of more than 10 million people live in Dhaka, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. Poor neighborhoods, by western definitions called slums, are continuously growing. The space next to railway tracks has long been occupied by numerous makeshift homes.