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In 2016, Favelapainting returned to The Netherlands to start the first project in their own country. The refugee crisis in Europe finds cities in need of new and fast solutions to help create a humane and livable situation for refugees in their new temporary homes. In Amsterdam the former ‘Bijlmerbajes’ prison was closed and quickly turned into a temporary refugee living facility. Prisons are not the most welcoming places and the Bijlmerbajes is not different. The Amsterdam Painting project aims to transform this huge complex with six giant grey towers that have long be a eyesore in Amsterdam’s skyline. The project aims at transforming the buildings, both in-and outside, in order to recreate their new identity as a new home to the refugees. It will offer opportunities in form of skill training, network building and job opportunity, while empowering the participants to ‘make the place their own’.