Finding homes for newcomers: Housing solutions for people fleeing the war in Ukraine

The rapid arrival of large numbers of newcomers, including the 4.7 million people that have fled Ukraine and sought temporary protection in the EU, has created a range of housing challenges. With affordable housing already a considerable challenge in many communities, host countries have worked creatively to scale up their capacity to accommodate new arrivals, including enlarging reception centres, repurposing existing buildings, and encouraging private households to host newcomers. Although such diverse short-term initiatives have mushroomed, several problems have emerged, such as matching and vetting hosts, ensuring adequate accommodation standards, minimising the risk of exploitation, and finally ensuring the transition to long-term housing solutions.

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