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Ikea Sends Its New Flatpack Refugee Shelter to Syria

The Swedish retailer has teamed up with the UNHCR to make modular refugee shelters. Prototypes have been sent to Syria.
Illustration of the shipping pack and construction of the Refugee Housing Unit
Illustration of the shipping pack and construction of the Refugee Housing UnitCourtesy IKEA Foundation

Ikea, known for its affordable flatpack furniture, is moving into new territory: refugee housing.

The Swedish retailer has teamed up with the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) to develop a flatpack shelter that can be quickly assembled on site. Recently 50 prototypes, all packed into standard Ikea cardboard boxes, were shipped to refugee camps and crisis regions in Syria.