The Idea behind the Startup Flüchtlinge Willkommen better know as Refugees Welcome ,Is Why shouldn’t refugees in your country be able to live in shared flats or other normal housing situations instead of mass accommodation highlighting a major Humanitarian Refugee crises. Flüchtlinge Willkommen matches refugees and families willing to house them.The website Dubbed as the German ‘Airbnb‘ online service which links refugees and citizens willing to share their accommodation has won an overwhelmed support.The website based in Berlin has helped 134 people and more to find a home in Germany and Austria but more than 780 Germans have now signed up showing support.
The Site came about after a 28-year-old Mareike Geiling left Berlin to spend a semester teaching in Cairo and decided to donate her vacant room to a Malian refugee named Bakary by crowdsourcing his portion of the rent.Eurpoe know faced with a serious Refugee crises ,She along with her boyfriend concluded to start a platform dedicated to help the refugees. After few sessions and exchage of ideas over Skype her boyfriend, Jonas Kakoschke,with a social worker friend the trio launched together a WordPress site to encourage others to do the same.Few months later, Refugees Welcome was live and taking applications from both refugees and potential hosts.
Jonas Kakoschke says “we think that the refugee should live under the same conditions as the rest of the flatmates”.
The response was overwhelming ,Geiling says, “it exploded”. She and Kakoschke now work full-time on the initiative,which is currently active in Germany and Austria,and it planned for expansion into several other countries. The issue of accommodation and respectful treatment of refugees she says is not a German question,neither a European question it’s a worldwide question.