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Easy-Assemble Refugee Housing

The IKEA Flat-Pack Shelters Can Be Set Up in Just 4Four Hours

— March 25, 2015 — Social Good
Refugee camps around the world could become more livable thanks to the IKEA flat-pack shelters. The Swedish furniture giant is creating 10,000 of its flat-pack shelters and giving them to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for use in conflict zones and areas devastated by natural disasters. Each shelter can hold up to five people and is twice as large as the tents currently in use.

The IKEA flat-pack shelters can last three years and are assembled much like the company's more traditional products. It reportedly takes only four hours to set one up, and each shelter can be further customized as needed. Each shelter comes with its own solar panel that provides light when night falls, a crucial addition as the areas these shelters will be used in likely won't have ready access to electricity.
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