Afghan refugees: Airbnb pledges to provide free housing to 20,000 people

The Afghan refugee aid project will start from today, Airbnb bosses said (Photo: AFP / Reuters)

Short-term accommodation company Airbnb has pledged to give some 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan a place to stay.

The bosses said the project would start today and the company would cover the costs of their stays.

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky wrote in a Twitter thread: “As of today, Airbnb will begin hosting 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world for free.

“Although we will pay for these stays, we could not do so without the generosity of our hosts.

“If you are ready to welcome a refugee family, to reach and I’ll put you in touch with the right people here to make it happen!

“The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel responsible for lifting ourselves up.

“I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There’s no time to lose.

It comes after the company has already provided temporary housing to more than 25,000 refugees over the past four years and opened doors in times of crisis such as natural disasters and the pandemic.

Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky (Photo: CNN)

Airbnb also launched the $ 25 million refugee fund earlier this year, to expand its support to refugees and asylum seekers around the world.

Mr Chesky added: “As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, their stay will be the first chapter of their new life.”

“For these 20,000 refugees, I hope the Airbnb community not only provides them with a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome.”

An Airbnb statement said: “Over the past week, it has become very clear that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees here in the United States and elsewhere constitutes a significant humanitarian crisis – and in the face of that need, our community is poised to intensify yet again.

“Airbnb recognizes that the situation on the ground is changing rapidly. will work closely with resettlement agencies and partners to go where the need goes, and scale this initiative and our support as needed.

“In addition, given the enormous need, Airbnb urges other members of the global business community to unite their efforts to provide immediate support to Afghan refugees.”

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