Airbnb CEO announces free housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world

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New Delhi: Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky announced on Tuesday that the online accommodation platform will welcome 20,000 Afghan refugees free of charge to its accommodations around the world.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Chesky said his company would fund stays for Afghan refugees. However, no time limit has been given on how long these accommodations will be provided.

In his tweet, he also thanked Airbnb hosts for their “generosity” and said the company was working closely with NGOs and partner organizations to implement the program.

“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 to step up, ”Chesky said.

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The Airbnb chief’s announcement sparked a surge of support as well as questions and criticism on social media.

Sherilyn Ifill, chair of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, a United States-based civil rights organization, was among those who praised Chesky and Airbnb.

Duty to Warn, an organization of mental health professionals, also supported the movement.

However, several others questioned the details of Chesky’s refugee housing plan or outright condemned Airbnb.

Financial TimeSan Francisco correspondent Dave Lee inquired about the length of the Airbnb stay for the refugees.

Some social media users also criticized the move, calling it a publicity stunt.

A refugee crisis arose in Afghanistan in light of the Taliban’s return to political power and the withdrawal of US forces.

More than 50,000 Afghans and foreign nationals based in Afghanistan have been evacuated from the country following the withdrawal of the United States and the takeover by the Taliban, according to Al Jazeera.

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