Social inclusion, Migration

Refugees become New Neighbours.


Who is behind this?

Thomas Gnahm

New Neighbours


Who is joining forces?

Refugee Emancipation e.V.

Initiative Angehört e.V. i.G.


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

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.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

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.

What is your impact?

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.

How do you get there?

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.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

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.

What makes your idea stand apart?

As self-organised homeowners, refugees will be able to have a place in society. They have the right to decide collectively on the design, management, and organization of the living space. Our idea is unique, in that it initiates a self-energizing process, which will have the basis to further grow on its own. From one house, to two… and on, and on. A main website, with services and sharing, makes New Neighbours a strong and efficient platform. We are thinking long-term, and see our project as an

€ 48600,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 95000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Building the online platform with custom tools for the project (12 500 EUR) Creation of an explainer video (3500 EUR) Legal costs and contracts (7500 EUR) Canvassing work with investors and lenders (700 EUR) Promotional material (2500 EUR) Office costs (8400 EUR) Location scouting in Berlin (500 EUR) Compensation of costs for a project manager (4500 EUR) Compensation of costs for a social media und community manager (2500 EUR) Travel expenses for initiating further housing projects (6000 EUR)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Legal advise, ideas for participation in the project, contact to investors and participants



Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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