Community and Regional Planning Program


Date of this Version



A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. 1974


The squatter problem is one of complexity and diversity, and lasting solutions to the problem have been elusive, despite the numerous techniques and approaches that have been tried out. This is primarily because the squatter problem has. not been comprehensively understood or defined.

The objective of this study is therefore to find a comprehensive definition of the squatter problem, with specific reference to Bangkok, in Thailand, and to recommend workable principles as a basis for their control and progressive elimination.

Proper reorganization of squatter control mechanisms can contribute to the orderly spatial growth in the city; and will promote the general well being of low" income people, while preserving "the legal rights of private property ownership.

The major contributions of this study are in its providing:

1. a rationale for the proper identification of, and distinction between slums and squatter settlements;

2. an identification of the squatter problem in Bangkok with its entire ramifications;

3. guidelines for the comprehensive policy for the control of squatter settlements in Bangkok; and

4. recorrnnendation of outline programs for the successful implementation of such policy.