Following the prototype that was revealed in 2013, Ikea has now announced that it is making 10,000 of its flat-pack shelters to provide protection to thousands of refugees around the world. The charitable mission aims to help refugees who have been made homeless by conflict and natural disasters. 

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will receive the shelters from Ikea, and will then distribute them to those in need in an ongoing project this year.

Jonathan Spampinato of the Ikea Foundation said: "Putting refugee families and their needs at the heart of this project is a great example of how democratic design can be used for humanitarian value," adding: "We are incredibly proud that the Better Shelter is now available, so refugee families and children can have a safer place to call home."

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Ikea created the 17.5 metre structures out of lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation, they have a lifespan of around three years and are significantly warmer than the current refugee tents used, as well as being double the size. 

UNHCR's chief of shelter and settlement Shaun Scales said: "The refugee housing unit (RHU) is an exciting new development in humanitarian shelter and represents a much needed addition to the palette of sheltering options mobilised to assist those in need," adding: "Its deployment will ensure dramatic improvement to the lives of many people affected by crises."

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