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UNHCR contract to IKEA. Swedish interior giant to provide 10,000 flat-packed shelters for refugees worldwide in 2015. The IKEA Foundation, the charitable arm of the reasonably-priced chain, announced the contract signing at a press conference in the UAE’s Dubai, Tuesday. Calling the social enterprise Better Shelter “a safe and functional temporary shelter”, they describe the facility’s aim of bringing “dignity and safety to the millions of refugees fleeing violence, armed conflict, persecution and natural disasters.”

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UNHCR contract to IKEA

Published on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 at 15:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th March 2015 at 19:33.

Swedish interior giant to provide 10,000 flat-packed shelters for refugees worldwide in 2015.

Interior of a Better Shelter prototype
This picuture was taken in the Kawergosk Refugee Camp, Erbil, Iraq.Interior of a Better Shelter prototype
Photo: IKEA Foundation


The IKEA Foundation, the charitable arm of the reasonably-priced chain, announced the contract signing at a press conference in the UAE’s Dubai, Tuesday.

Calling the social enterprise Better Shelter “a safe and functional temporary shelter”, they describe the facility’s aim of bringing “dignity and safety to the millions of refugees fleeing violence, armed conflict, persecution and natural disasters.”

40 refugee families in Iraq and Ethiopia have tested the prototype of the shelter. The design has been improved on the basis of these trials, according to the IKEA Foundation.

Certain Norway Progress Party (FrP) politicians have been an ardent advocate of these, proposing that all world refugees should be placed in the easy-to-assemble shelter instead of tents within the next four years.

The shelters, which the Foundation says “can be assembled on site without additional tools and equipment”, will be ready for delivery to thousands of refugee camps worldwide in the summer of 2015.

They have a solar panel-powered lamp which comes on in the hours of darkness. Further development and provision of other solutions for displaced persons will be undertaken and provided.

It is believed the facility’s lifespan is three years, in juxtaposition to tents, which last an average of half a year, which are unsuitable for long-resident refugees (over 12 years) and their families.

“The refugee housing unit represents a much needed addition to the palette of sheltering options mobilized to assist those in need. Its deployment will ensure dramatic improvement to the lives of many people affected by crises,” says Shaun Scales, Chief of Shelter and Settlement at UNHCR, in a statement.



Published on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 at 15:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th March 2015 at 19:33.

This post has the following tags: unhcr, ikea, shelters, refugees.





  
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