13 Jul 2009

Sharp rise in those living in squatter settlements in Fiji

10:21 am on 13 July 2009

The sharp growth in the number of people living in squatter settlements in Fiji has been labelled alarming.

Fiji's Social Welfare Minister ,Dr Jiko Luveni, estimated that close to 15% of the population live in over 200 squatter settlements around the country.

Dr Luveni told Fiji Village the greater Suva area has the largest number of squatters and it is estimated that by 2010, the Suva/Nausori corridor will have 15,000 squatter households with 100,000 people.

Dr Luveni said they do not want Fiji to become a social welfare society and people must work for their survival.