Why shouldn’t refugees be able to live in flatshares or houses instead of camps?

We thought so too and found a way to make it happen.

How it works

Register your flatshare and provide us basic information about your accommodation.

We will put you in touch with a local buddy who will liaise with you and a refugee.

We can help you find ways to pay your rent. Keep in mind, you don’t have to pay the rent yourself.

Your new flatmate will move in. Of course we will continue to support your flatshare.

Our work

Flüchtlinge Willkommen (Refugees Welcome) is a digital platform that brings flatshares and refugees together. We provide assistance on questions of co-habitation and financial solutions for private rooms for refugees. Flüchtlinge Willkommen criticises state-driven housing policies that force refugees into camps where they are subject to marginialisation and invisibilisation. Flüchtlinge Willkommen supports decentralised housing solutions for refugees. Through our work, we aspire to contribute to nurturing an open society based on principles of solidarity and equality of all.

One of our core principles as an organisation is that no one is illegal.

How you can help

You want to ease the arrival and re-settlement of a refugee in Germany? You’ve got a spare room in your flatshare?

Join the project: Register your spare room room and spread the idea of Flüchtlinge Willkommen:

How it all began

Mareike Geiling and Jonas Kakoschke decided in autumn 2014 to offer one room in their private flatshare to a refugee. Soon after, Golde Ebding, who shared their ideas of building a wider, nation-wide platform based on this very concept, joined the young team. A month later, Bakary, a young Malian man, was able to move in for six months into Mareike’s and Jonas’ flatshare – the first successful matching made by Flüchtlinge Willkommen.

By now, Flüchtlinge Willkommen has offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich as well as an international network, based on the core concept of the project, which runs under the label Refugees Welcome International.

For more information about our international networks visit www.refugees-welcome.net.

Yay! We’ve already matched people across Germany!

The new flatmates are living in cities spanning from Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Chemnitz, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Greifswald, Hamburg, Hannover, Hildesheim, Cologne, Konstanz, Leipzig, Marburg, Munich, Muenster, Norderstedt, Offenburg, Stuttgart to Wolfratshausen. The new flatmates are from countries as far as Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Iran, Camerun, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrien, Chad, Tunesia und Ukraine.

All together, refugees have been matched by Refugees Welcome International.

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1. Register your flatshare

Housing refugees in private accommodation provides advantages for everyone: refugees are able to live in sound accommodation, learn the language faster, and adjust to a new environment more easily. You, on the other hand, will get to know a different culture and help a person in a difficult situation. If you want to take part in this project, sign up here. We will put you in touch with a refugee who fits you and your flatshare. When you register your flatshare, we will ask you for some more details about your living situation, such as the number of flatmates, the languages you speak, your city and surroundings etc. Such information will help us match hosts with refugees.

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2. We’ll get in touch with you

Following your registration, we will help you find a suitable flatmate for you. Once we have identified someone suitable, we will put you both in touch with each other so that you can get to know each other. If everybody is happy, the refugee will move in shortly after. Our FAQ explains you why a meeting between refugee and potential flatmates should happen as soon as possible.

3. Starting the funding process

There are many options to finance the rent for a room. From our experience, we recommend micro-donations: several people who provide small donations on a monthly basis. We sent e-mail requests to friends and acquaintances, and within two weeks we were able to ensure the rent for a whole year. The commitments range between 3€ and 50€ per month, using monthly bank transfers or up-front donations. Another option is to use an established platform to crowdfund. Several federal states in Germany (for example, Berlin) offer support for refugees to move out of camps and help finance the new residence. Thus, if a refugee with approved residency status moves into a flatshare in Berlin, the rent should generally be paid for by the federal state. However, there are different regulations for every federal state. Contact us for more information!

4. Here we go!

After you get to know each other, your new flatmate will move in. We will support you during this time and will be there for any questions that might arise. You can always approach a local refugee organisation, such as the matching body. Many of these provide language courses, help with connecting to the community or provide support in the search for internships or admission to university classes.

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You can download some statistics from 2015 on our work as a PDF as well as press images in high resolution..

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Please don’t visit us without an appointment. We are sorry, but we are not able to meet everybody who has registered in person.

Phone: 00 49 (0) 30 – 92 100 445
E-Mail: hallo@fluechtlinge-willkommen.de

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