In the town of Waiblingen, in Germany, Crippaconcept, a leading company in the mobile home and lodge tents sector, is participating in a hospitality project conceived by the Italian German Alfonso Fazio.
Group leader at the city council and honorary deputy mayor of the German city, Fazio, as an alternative to common containers, is in fact using some maxi caravans of the Italian company as comfortable temporary housing solutions to ensure a dignified and functional within the community to a group of refugees fleeing the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Leaving Italy, at the moment, there are ten maxi caravans who will create a residential district within the German town to start a a significant integration project: refugees, in fact, will come into contact with residents thanks to the proximity of their homes, while they will be assisted in finding a job and a permanent home.
An integration and sharing project
Made with natural, recycled and recyclable materials, the maxi caravans integrate discreetly into the surrounding environment. With a size of approximately 40 square meters , with no land consumption, no need for a traditional building permit and no foundations, each mobile home is large enough to accommodate a family of 4- 5 people.
“People who are welcomed in crisis situations must be enabled to create dignified social networks in order to integrate. The accommodations are often in containers isolated from urban districts” explains Sergio Redaelli, CEO of Crippaconcept. “This project aims instead to bring refugees into close contact with people they might otherwise have met or known only occasionally. It is not just a mobile home, it is a deeper concept: is sharing and living together”.
What the German welcome, support and integration project envisages
The Waiblingen project will start this month , as soon as the mobile homes arrive which are made in Italy and delivered ready to use. The territorial social assistance agency will help the municipality to welcome the first Ukrainian refugees, to whom it will offer support and support in various areas. The refugees will live the mobile home for about six months or in any case for the time it will take to find a permanent home or for repatriation. The Municipality will organize and financially support the program until the residential complex is dismantled or relocated to other locations to cope with other emergencies.
Model that can be replicated for other emergency situations
“This project can certainly be a driving force for other similar ones, as well as being a good example of application outside the usual range of camping” states Redaelli. “We hope that other municipalities, both in Germany and in Italy, will find this initiative valid and take inspiration from it”.
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that there are currently millions of asylum seekers , so the need for housing will increase. If the Waiblingen-Fazio model works, it will represent a stimulus and at the same time an opportunity to innovate reception models also in Italy with open air projects developed ad hoc, without land consumption, sustainable and dignified , without land consumption, that can be replicated for other emergency situations.