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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Press release

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

Media reports

Our blog features previous articles about our work: fluechtlinge-willkommen.tumblr.com

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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

Refugees Welcome is a project by Mensch Mensch Mensch e.V., which is also responsible for Pfandgeben.de.

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