Occupying one’s own home – german with english subtitles.
Photojournalist Björn Göttlicher describes his crowdfunding-multimedia project about evictions in Spain, which can be sponsored at krautreporter.de
Until recently real estate in Spain were objects of speculation. That was an incredible boom, also fueled by the demand of many British and Germans, who dreamed of a house with a sea view.
But in 2007, the housing bubble burst.
Then since about 4 million people have lost their jobs.
The result is that many people could not pay their mortgages and happened forced evictions. So far about 400,000 procedures of forced evictions have been initiated in Spain.
With the sad record, in 2012, of 532 evictions per day.
Just like this beautiful building behind us here, there are now to find abandoned constructions all over the country. Just like these, forced evictions have also become a symbol of the new poverty in Spain.
Affected by the evictions are all parts of society. And even the number of suicides in the country has increased significantly.
Spain’s banks have received nearly € 40 billion from the European rescue fund.
For this reason many people regard it to be extremely unfair if someone who returns his house to the bank, or gets evicted, still remains a lifetime depending on its mortgage debt.
The crisis also brings people closer together. People started to belief that one can only achieve something in a team. That’s almost a little bit like us in journalism.
In this sense I ask for your support for my documentary project about the evictions in Spain and cordially invite you to track the progress of my project: