Lesbos, Greece

Small places like the island of Lesbos are located on the refugee route towards Europe. These places were overwhelmed with helping the high number of refugees and desperately needed support!

In 2015, an estimated number of 2.000 refugees arrived daily on the Greek island of Lesbos. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR a total of more than 200.000 refugees reached Lesbos during 2015. The majority of the arrivals fled from Syria and Iraq and made their way through Turkey hoping to reach European countries. The distance between Turkey and Lesbos is not long but it can be an extremely dangerous journey to take. Thousands of people — many of them young children — have lost their lives by drowning in the Aegean Sea during their desperate attempt to arrive to Europe. Those who reached the island faced grave conditions. Shelters, water supply and sanitary installations and medical treatment possibilities were lacking everywhere. The small island was completely overwhelmed with the growing number of arriving refugees.

DOMOs and humanitarian Design
for Lesbos


Situation in Lesbos was severe: people sleeping on the street, registration lines taking days and in some cases no access to drinking water and food. Conditions like these were a rule rather than an exception.

MORE THAN SHELTERS cooperated with local and international volunteers, as well as with a local, civilian network Village of All Together to improve the conditions of the self-organised camp PIKPA. This camp was one of the three camps situated on Lesbos and received wounded, sick and disabled people, many of them survivors of shipwrecks.

DOMOs form a basis for humane sheltering. Their modularity enables easy configuration; the covering, for instance, is readily exchangeable according to seasonal needs, including a winter-proof version. The room shapes and sizes can also be individually modified.

On October 2015, ten DOMOs arrived in Lesbos. Team members of MORE THAN SHELTERS were at the scene to guide and support the implementation and setup of DOMOs. The goal of our project was to ensure the survival of the arriving refugees.


This project was supported by

Hans Sauer Stiftungelobau