Kampung residents left without the registration of their land: Land registration in Surabaya

Authors: Tauran Tauran*, University of Helsinki
Topics: Land Use
Keywords: Land Registration, Landownership, Kampung
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Land Administration in Indonesia is currently registering land rights to establish a national register under the Basic Agrarian Law. Dutch colonialists introduced the dual system of land rights, with separate rights of the Dutch and Indonesians. There are various types of land rights, and more than eighty million land parcels has not yet been registered. The purpose of the registration is to bring the owner of the land the protection of the law and eliminate the dual system of land ownership. Although the Government has implemented several programs to accelerate land registration, the registration process has proceeded slowly, and without bringing any benefits to the poor. While several studies focus on rural areas, this article focus on urban areas and seeks to find an explanation why the urban poor are not satisfied with the program and why registration does not bring security to them. The case is an old Kampung in Surabaya where the residents have lived for decades. The data is based on interviews with residents and district officials.

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