Dear Readers, Dear Friends of Zeitwohnen,
More and more people around the world are fleeing their homes. There were more than 100 million refugees in 2022, 40 million of whom had to leave their home countries. The causes of flight are manifold. In Europe, we’ve been feeling the war proximity for a long time, but climate change is also increasingly forcing people out of their traditional environment. If you ask refugees at what point in the course of their flight they regain the feeling of safety and security, the most frequent answer is: “when I have a home again”. What we take for granted in Germany is synonymous of what refugees seek to end their fear and finally have a better perspective about the future. However, Germany and Europe are increasingly reaching their limits when it comes to housing refugees. So far, a lot has been done by the state, and also by committed citizens. Wunderflats has also tried to make a small contribution with its housing campaign. But the unending stream of refugees from Ukraine requires a new approach to the question of housing people. Together with the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the non-profit organization ProjectTogether, Wunderflats has therefore launched the #HelpingWalls (Helfende Wände) campaign.
In this issue, we want to explain the underlying refugee movements as well as the goals of the campaign and encourage as many people as possible to join in.