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Housing, Land and Property in Crimea

The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of land disputes in Crimea. The report highlights the principal weaknesses and gaps in institutional capacities of the authorities in the region. It also makes recommendations for addressing deficiencies and ensuring equitable and transparent administration of housing, land and property in Crimea.

The report recommends a UN-HABITAT presence in Crimea to assist the domestic institutions in developing a response to the problems identified. Although these do not flow from a post-conflict or natural disaster situation, disputes over land could lead to considerable inter-ethnic tension between the majority of the Russian population and the Crimean Tatars, which could generate instability. The report, therefore, proposes the development of a preventive approach to avoid the aggravation of these disputes.