How can we house and integrate the up to 3 Million asylum seekers entering europe in 2017, in a beneficial and sustainable way?
New Neighbours proposes a new way to promote integration. The initiative aims to buy houses collectively, and accommodate refugees within the local population. Revenue for financing the houses comes from housing subsidy and rent, with ownership eventually being transferred over to the resident. The pilot project will serve as a showcase for projects in all of Europe.
Refugee reception, accommodation, and integration into society, are major challenges for policy and administration as well as citizens.
The housing shortage, lack of social housing, and constantly rising rent make it difficult to find accommodations for refugees. Other disadvantages such as the language barrier, inconsistent earnings, restricted work permits, and missing papers are reasons many refugees often have difficulty escaping the exclusionary refugee camps.
Integration must be accomplished by living it. To achieve this, facilities for conflict resolution and communication need to be created. New Neighbours will develop shared home ownership coupled with common living. The result are valued cultural spaces of empowerment.
New Neighbours functions not only as an umbrella for residents, but also for other organisations who are looking for space and coverage. New Neighbours guarantees fair rental rates that will last.
Research: Housing and refugee projects across Germany will be visited and evaluated, and experts and founders will be consulted with (Sharehaus Refugio / Mietshäuser Syndikat / Hotel Cosmopolis). In this way, a merging of existing projects will also be possible. Also to be developed: A campaign to gain attention from investors and donors, crowdfunding, explainer video for the website, location scouting in Berlin, searching for investors at events (or even holding own events), public relations (press, social media), fundraising, consultation with lawyers to establish legally secure documents, and the construction of a web platform.
The aim is to use the gained experience, documentation, and tools to develop further profitable housing projects. The opening of such a platform will promote intercultural communication, through cultural (and other) events. These different events will open new fields of learning, and a stronger sense of solidarity between locals and refugees.
Refugees will be encouraged to be self-sufficient, and will have similar rights to a homeowner.
Legal advise, ideas for participation in the project, contact to investors and participants