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July 01, 2013
Eugenia Pizarro Iglesias, 24, from Spain plays with her son Youssef, 18 months old, in their room in...
Brussels, Belgium
A woman from Spain plays with her son in their room in the abandoned convent known as Gesu, in Brussels...
Eugenia Pizarro Iglesias, 24, from Spain plays with her son Youssef, 18 months old, in their room in the abandoned convent known as Gesu, where they have lived at for eight months, in Brussels April 18, 2013. Some 160 squatters including 60 children may face expulsion in Brussels when a 90-million-euro project by a Swiss developer to turn their dwellings into a luxury hotel and apartments gets the go ahead. Only a few metro stops from the European institutions and the city's touristic highlights, the Gesu church and convent have remained vacant for decades and were bought by Swiss developer Rosebud Heritage in 2007, who agreed that the property could be used as a squat until the works started.
Most of the residents of the squat are immigrants coming from the Czech Republic, Spain, Brazil and Morocco, looking to settle in Belgium. Some families have lived in Belgium for many years and some have stayed in the squat for months. With monthly rents at the squat currently at about 25 euros per adult, it is unlikely that the current residents will be able to move into the new apartments once they are completed. Picture taken April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY REAL ESTATE BUSINESS IMMIGRATION)
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