The UN Just Ordered 10,000 of Ikea's Brilliant Flatpack Refugee Shelters

A few years ago, Ikea announced it had designed a better refugee shelter, using its flatpack furniture as a basis for engineering. As great an idea as it was, it wasn't clear how the concept would ever find its way to reality. Now, these Ikea refugee shelters will be deployed—by the thousands. » 3/26/15 10:00am 3/26/15 10:00am

This American Millionaire Is Using Drones To Rescue Migrants In Africa

Since 1993, 20,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing war-torn Africa for the safety of European shores. Now, the world's first private maritime search and rescue operation is doing everything it can to help them. And they've already saved thousands of lives. » 3/05/15 6:02pm 3/05/15 6:02pm

9 Massive Refugee Camps That Are Home to Nearly 1.5 Million People

While the Arab Spring and its resulting political upheavals have firmly held the world's attention over the past two years, the Middle East's conflicts are, sadly, far from the only ones going on. Wars in North, West, and East Africa have displaced millions of people and killed untold more. Those lucky enough to… » 9/13/13 9:00am 9/13/13 9:00am

144,000 Syrian refugees are packed in this endless city made of tents

While the United States discusses about the political convenience of bombing President Assad's military, some of the two million Syrian refugees are begging Obama to attack at once. According to Spanish newspaper El País, that's the opinion of many of the 144,000 Syrian exiles surviving at Zaatari, a refugee city made… » 9/08/13 1:20pm 9/08/13 1:20pm

No Hex Wrench Needed: Ikea Designs a Smarter Flatpack Refugee Shelter

If there's any company on earth with an expertise in designing things that are easy to transport and assemble, it's Ikea. So it makes perfect sense that the Swedish furniture manufacturer would team up with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—or the UNCHR for short—to redesign the temporary shelters » 6/26/13 1:37pm 6/26/13 1:37pm