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Cage homes

A man stands next to a subdivided flat inside an industrial building in Hong Kong November 1, 2012. In October, Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying singled out the re-emergence of cage homes - wire mesh hutches stacked on top of each other - and cubicle apartments as issues that highlighted the gravity of poverty that existed alongside one of Asia's glittering financial centres. More than 1.1 million people, or 17 percent of Hong Kong's population, lived below the poverty line in 2011, earning less than HK$3,500 ($450) per month, according to the Hong Kong Council of Social Services. It defined poverty as earning less than half of the average monthly income. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong's cramped quarters

With more than 200,000 people in Hong Kong currently on waiting lists for subsidized public housing, droves have downsized or moved into
factory buildings, sub-divided "slaughtered" flats that can accommodate multiple families, or moved into "cage homes", wire-mesh hutches stacked on top of each other in crowded rooms.

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