Hi Yoyoer, this is Sunny. I'm going to introduce a bit bizarre social culture, but it's quite common in some European countries -- "Squat."
"Squatting" may be illegal in some countries, but it has been a long-standing social movement in Europe, with some groups having a history of more than a century.
While some squatters based on ideology do not simply seek a place to live, but aim to provoke social reflection through their actions.
They question why there are more and more houses being built, fewer and fewer people can afford to live in them.
They wonder why prime real estate in city centers is left abandoned and waiting for prices to rise for a decade or two, while people struggle to make ends meet on meager salaries and have no place to call home.
1. The Law That Lets You Legally Steal Houses：https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agX0a_XlwdE
2. Explained: Why London is full of empty homes：https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4IwwIPel68
3. Case Study 1: Australian awarded house in 'bizarre' 20-year squatting case：https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46039642
4. Case Study 2：「佔領空屋是違法的」──然而，捷克警察向佔屋者致謝：https://crossing.cw.com.tw/article/8428
5. Case Study 3：租屋不如（霸）佔屋？──法式另類「劫富濟貧」，竟讓「屋主」無家可歸？：https://crossing.cw.com.tw/article/14486
6. Statistics from the Ministry of the Interior(2021)： Taiwan has around 1.79 million vacant homes, with a vacancy rate of 8.7%. Among them, around 1.01 million are vacant self-occupied homes, while around 780,000 are idle properties. The area with the highest vacancy rate is 宜蘭縣, reaching 14.9%.
Session 1：Squatting in Europe
1. Do you support the action of occupying vacant houses(squat)? Do you think it is the right thing to do individually or collectively? Why?
2. If you were a young person in France who could not afford housing, will you consider occupying an empty house as a last resort？
3. Compared to capitalism's emphasis on free competition, do you lean more towards Europe's socialist-style democracy? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Session 2：Housing in Taiwan
1. Do you think house prices in Taiwan are expensive? Why? Do you think house prices will decline in the next ten years?
2. Do you think renting is better than buying for this moment in Taiwan?
What are the factors you consider when buying a house?
3. If you were a government official or legislator, how would you solve Taiwan's high house prices?
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5/20(Sat.) Squat：The Law That Lets You Legally Steal Houses(host:Sunny)
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