An Ikea House for Refugees


Last year, rumors were hammering about Ikea making prefabricated homes. While those proved to be false, the Swedish company is actually manufacturing houses, albeit temporary ones. The furniture savior for millions of first-world millenials is planning to help millions of refugees, 46% of whom are children. The Ikea Foundation and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are currently testing out shelters that are twice as big as the current refugee tents, last 10 times longer and take only about four hours to assemble. What’s more, each flat-packed shelter will be accessorized with a solar panel that powers a built-in light and a USB outlet, according to a report by Fast Company.

With nearly 45 million displaced people at the end of 2012 — that’s 23,000 people per day being forced to leave their homes and seek protection because of conflict or natural disaster — the U.N. refugee agency currently employs two types…

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