Why shouldn't refugees be able to live in shared flats (or other regular housing situations) instead of mass accommodation? We thought the same & found a way to make it possible.
We are convinced that refugees should not be stigmatized and excluded by being housed in mass accommodations. Instead, we should offer them a warm welcome. We believe we can establish a more humane culture of welcoming refugees!
“Refugees Welcome” is a platform that was founded in November 2014 in Berlin to connect refugees with locals who are willing to share their living space. This can be in form of a traditional flatsharing arrangement, in a family context, with a single parent, or maybe a single person who has extra space available in their home. The core element of the concept is that some form of cohabitation is attained that displays all the advantages of living within a community. We are here to answer queries about cohabitation and to apply on your behalf for cost coverage through federal funds. Further information is available at http://www.refugees-welcome.net.
During the last years we were able to build an international network that is now operating in 14 countries, which is an amazing achievement for us! We are truly greatful for all your genorosity! None of this would have been possible without your support!
This betterplace campaign collects money for the work of our international network, so your donations will be used by all the country groups in need to build professional structures and continue the work of matching people with each other.
“Refugees Welcome” is critical of prevalent centralized housing policies of placing refugees in camps which stigmatise and isolate people and hinder their social mobility. We are therefore invested in pushing for decentralised and socially-sound housing solutions for refugees. In the long run, we want to contribute to the creation of an open society which is based on the principles of solidarity and equality. We will continue to work hard on scaling up “Refugees Welcome” effectively and sustainably, with the goal to offer as many refugees as possible the opportunity to live in flatshares with locals rather than camps.
We thank you for your support, which rendered “Refugees Welcome” possible in the first place. In order to keep up the work we do, we need your continued financial support. We therefore ask you to place a donation and keep this organization and cause alive. Thank you!