The innovative shelters have been designed to last years and feature a renewable energy source
IKEA has developed a prototype flatpack shelter that has been used and tested by Somali refugees living in UNHCR refugees camps at Dollo Ado in Ethiopia.
The IKEA shelters have been designed to give a longer-lasting alternative to currently-used refugee tents, which typically have a life span of only six months and are not always suitable for housing families.
The new shelters will last years and provide refugee families a more comfortable and secure place to call home during a time of enormous personal upheaval. They are modular, offer better security and ventilation and each unit utilizes a solar panel that acts as a renewable energy source.
Each shelter can house up to five people and are made of lightweight, insulated plastic panels that fit easily into a metal frame.
The US$1,000 (S$1,250) accommodation ensures a dignified and secure housing alternative for the millions of vulnerable refugee families fleeing violence, conflict, persecution and natural disasters.
Most recently, the Swedish retailer has sent its flatpack shelters to Syria to support refugee camps and crisis regions.
The project is a unique collaboration between the Refugee Housing Unit (a team of Swedish designers) and the UN Refugee Agency orchestrated by the IKEA Foundation.
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