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.

Are you dissatisfied with how refugees are being treated in your country and are you interested in helping to ease the process of resettlement? Do you have a spare room in your flatshare available?

Get involved and help us welcome refugees.

We are convinced that refugees should not be stigmatized and excluded from society by being accommodated in camps. Instead, we should offer them a warm welcome. We believe we can establish a culture of open doors for refugees across Europe.


Germany initiated the projected in November 2014 and has ever since welcomed refugees with open doors.


Austria is welcoming refugees with open doors since January 2015.



Greece is welcoming refugees with open doors since October 2015.



Portugal is welcoming refugees with open doors since October 2015.



Spain is welcoming refugees with open doors since October 2015.



Sweden is welcoming refugees with open doors since mid-October 2015.


The Netherlands

The Netherlands are welcoming refugees with open doors since mid-October 2015.



Poland is welcoming refugees with open doors since mid-October 2015.



Italy is welcoming refugees with open doors since mid-November 2015.



Canada is welcoming refugees with open doors since February 2016.


Czech Republic

Czech Republic is welcoming refugees with open doors since May 2016.


Romania is welcoming refugees with open doors since May 2016.


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is welcoming refugees with open doors since August 2016.



Australia is welcoming refugees with open doors since January 2017.


Your Country?

We are currently supporting groups in more than 20 countries with setting up “Refugees Welcome” groups in their respective country. You can have a look here if your country has already been listed

So far we've matched refugees to shared flats!

Through Refugees Welcome Germany people have moved in to homes. Through Refugees Welcome Austria people have moved in to places. Refugees Welcome Greece matched and Refugees Welcome Poland matched persons, Refugees Welcome Spain matched refugees to shared flats and Refugees Welcome Australia matched persons, Refugees Welcome Netherlands matched persons, Refugees Welcome Portugal matched persons and Refugees Welcome Italy matched persons. Through Refugees Welcome Sweden people have moved in to homes, Refugees Welcome Northern Ireland matched persons and Refugees Welcome Canada / Roofs4Refugees matched person.
The new flatmates are from all around the world.


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Please make sure, that you mention in the reference that the money is for REFUGEES WELCOME INTERNATIONAL. We are a charitable organization. Thanks for your support!


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1. Register your flatshare

Housing refugees in private accommodation provides advantages for everyone: refugees are able to live in sound accommodation, learn the language faster, and adjust to a new environment more easily. You, on the other hand, will get to know a different culture and help a person in a difficult situation. If you want to take part in this project, sign up here. We will put you in touch with a refugee who fits you and your flatshare. When you register your flatshare, we will ask you for some more details about your living situation, such as the number of flatmates, the languages you speak, your city and surroundings etc. Such information will help us match hosts with refugees.

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2. We’ll get in touch with you

Following your registration, we will help you find a suitable flatmate for you. Once we have identified someone suitable, we will put you both in touch with each other so that you can get to know each other. If everybody is happy, the refugee will move in shortly after. Our FAQ explains you why a meeting between refugee and potential flatmates should happen as soon as possible.

3. Starting the funding process

There are many options to finance the rent for a room. From our experience, we recommend micro-donations: several people who provide small donations on a monthly basis. We sent e-mail requests to friends and acquaintances, and within two weeks we were able to ensure the rent for a whole year. The commitments range between 3€ and 50€ per month, using monthly bank transfers or up-front donations. Another option is to use an established platform to crowdfund. Several federal states in Germany (for example, Berlin) offer support for refugees to move out of camps and help finance the new residence. Thus, if a refugee with approved residency status moves into a flatshare in Berlin, the rent should generally be paid for by the federal state. However, there are different regulations for every federal state. Contact us for more information!

4. Here we go!

After you get to know each other, your new flatmate will move in. We will support you during this time and will be there for any questions that might arise. You can always approach a local refugee organisation, such as the matching body. Many of these provide language courses, help with connecting to the community or provide support in the search for internships or admission to university classes.


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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: hello@refugees-welcome.net

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

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