Europe is facing the most severe refugee crisis in over 50 years and with a shortage of available space, a set of German entrepreneurs created an Airbnb-style site to connect refugees with people willing to share a room in their home.
Flüchtlinge Willkommen (Refugees Welcome) has seen an overwhelming interest in the site with close to 800 Germans signing up to help with the refugee crisis which has hit Germany the hardest. Space at refugee camps have begun to max out in many cities, and the conditions are less than ideal.
Jonas Kakoschke and Mareike Geiling, both cofounders of Flüchtlinge Willkommen, opened their own home to a refugee and believe they are offer a much better solution than what the camps are doing. Kakoschke commented that in the camps, refugees “are not allowed to work” and are not given access to German classes that would make them more productive to society.
Those who sign up to share a space in their home must agree to a three-month commitment and provide a private bedroom for the refugee. “We think that the refugee should live under the same conditions as the rest of the flatmates,” Kakoschke told The Telegraph.
Flüchtlinge Willkommen’s success has led the site to consider expanding into other European countries, with a large amount of requests already being made from Greece, Portugal, the UK and more.